8 out of 10 people will experience some form of lower back pain after the age of 40. More importantly, lower back pain is also the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work.
Sometimes the simplest of stretches can have a big impact on the body. This lower back release is perfect for everyone at the end of the workout or first thing in the morning.
1. Start lying on floor with knees bent.
2. Gently pull knees into chest and roll the lower back off the floor.
3. Now holding the knees to the chest, try to press the tailbone back to the floor and hold for 10 seconds.
4. Take knees back towards chest and open to shoulders.
5. Place hands on feet to hold “Happy baby” position from yoga and gently rock the body side to side.
6. Repeat this stretch 2-3 more times.
Stretches are important to preventing injury but also help improve circulation, bringing nutrients and blood flow to the muscles. Stretches should be held for 10-30 seconds minimum and two minutes maximum. For more great workout ideas, check out Workout Pal.