How many of you sit too much? Behind a computer, at a desk, in a vehicle?
Well, I started having back problems because of it.
If I sit too much, either my back will ache, or pain will shoot down my right leg (sciatica).
But you know what really helps? Yoga. And Centergy (a yoga/pilates mash-up). They work on all of your core muscles to make you stronger. If you belong to a gym, I strongly urge you to take a class. You will be surprised at how good you feel afterwards. Or visit a yoga studio and ask about trying a session. Or you can invest in a DVD and exercise on your own at home.
Even if you don't have the time or desire to engage in a full-fledged workout, here are some back-friendly moves you should get up and do every once in a while. Your back will thank you.
The ONLY parts of your body touching the ground should be the tops of your feet and your hands.
The wrist, elbow and shoulder joints must be aligned. If your hands are too far out in front of you, you will put too much pressure on your lower back.
Hang your head.
When your arms are stretched correctly, you'll create two straight but angled lines: an upside down "V".
Your butt drops toward your heels as the rest of your body stretches forward.
Shoulders and neck should remain relaxed, and don't force your butt back any further than is comfortable.
Things to remember for this pose: Keep your hands under your shoulders and your knees under your hips and a flat back to start.
Pull your abdominals toward your spine, tuck in your tailbone, and tighten your butt. Press down with your hands.
Press the middle of your back toward the ceiling, rounding your spine.
What sorts of active things do you like to do to work out the kinks?