Everybody responds differently to running for exercise. Although it’s easy enough to go outside and run, and running has numerous overall health benefits, its high-impact nature can make it difficult or problematic for some people. Variances in weight, stride, coordination, and posture make it impossible to say whether running is good or bad for back pain overall.
For those of us who find running to be painful or uncomfortable, even walking briskly has significant benefits for spine health over abstaining from exercise altogether. Keeping a healthy level of movement, even at a walking pace, can improve disc health and lubrication levels in your spine. Talk to a doctor before beginning an exercise program if you suffer from back pain.