Believe me, I am doing more exercise now than I ever did...all aimed at my core and back muscles.
I don't necessarily need to STOP working in the field, I just need to stop working STUPID in the field. I am one of those idiots that in my younger years took on tasks I simply should have refused.
I learned my lesson...a little too late. Still, my chiropractor tells me that my back looks good for a 42 yr old man...the deterioration is from age and abuse. Luckily for me, I've never been heavy...6 ft and 170 since high school, and I never took my macho work stupidity to a level that did any serious damage.
That's what I meant by protecting my back. That actually gives me a thought on a new resolution...if it's not too late.
The younger guys that I hire to do the heavy lifting I used to do will now get a lecture from me...at least I can teach someone from my mistakes