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My lower back routine

Sitting for long periods can definitely cause lower back pain or worsen an existing back problem. The main reason behind this is that sitting is a static posture that increases stress in the back, shoulders, arms, and legs, and in particular, can add large amounts of pressure to the back muscles and spinal discs.

I have an old injury and over the years I´ve been trying and adjusting exercises to relief my back pain. This is an easy and quick routine that never fails. It takes 5 minutes and you need no equipment.

I do this routine almost every day, some days twice, after two or three hours in front of the screen. I bet most of you sit for longer than I do, so I think you should save this routine and perform it regularly.

Taking a little time during the day to stretch and relax has an extra benefit: your productivity will increase when you feel your body free of stress. Think about it this way, you take a break when you finish a task to do the next even better. Read more about movement and productivity on Forbes, these guys really care about productivity, right?

Take your lower back seriously and start stretching, often. Remember that stretches should never be forced or cause any pain.

Click on exercise´s name to watch the video. Also, a description on how to perform each exercise is just below the image. Here´s a screenshot.

Lower back routine

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Contralateral limb raise

This exercise is one of the best ways to target your back, particularly the muscles that help to stabilize your spine.

Lie on your stomach on a mat or the floor with your legs outstretched behind you. Your toes are pointing toward the wall behind you. Reach your arms out overhead with your palms facing each other. Keep your head aligned with your spine.

Exhale and slowly stretch one arm and one leg out and lift them off of the floor. Keep your leg straight and your toes reaching to the wall behind you. Keep both hip bones and pubic bone in contact with the mat. Avoiding any rotation in your leg or pelvis. Keep your arm straight and try not to rotate your arm or shoulder. Your head and torso should not move, avoiding any arching in your back. Hold this position briefly. Return to your starting position.

Inhale and return to the starting position.

Repeat and switch sides.

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Lying biceps curl with resistance band

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Excellent biceps exercise for beginners and back injured people. Most of the times, beginners assist their biceps on standing curls, swinging, arching their back, etc. Bad news, it´s ineffective and depending on the weight, even dangerous. If we suffer a back injury, sometimes we can´t hold too much weight or any weight at all. This is not a reason for skipping our arm workout.

Anchor your resistance band at the bottom of the door and lay back on your back with your knees bent. Move far enough away from the door so that the band is beginning to stretch.

Exhale and slowly bend your elbows bringing the hands toward your shoulders. Do not allow your back to arch or your elbows to move forward.

Inhale. Straighten your elbows and lower the hands back to your start position. Repeat.

Reverse Table Pose

After a long day studying, driving, or in front of the computer, you need to try this one.

It´s a yoga posture that provides a deep stretch to the upper body, including your shoulders, chest, abdomen, and spine. This pose will build strength throughout all the core muscles and the muscles surrounding the spine. It also improves balance and posture. Additionally, it will strengthen the wrists, arms, glutes, legs, and back. It also restores balance after sports and activities that require forward motion, such as swimming, biking, or playing tennis.

Begin by sitting on the floor with your legs extended in front of you and your arms resting at your sides. Bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor.

Place your hands behind your hips, shoulder-width apart. Press your palms flat, and turn your fingertips inward.

Inhale and press with your hands and feet. Straighten your elbows, and lift your hips and chest up toward the ceiling. Try to bring your chest, torso, and knees into one straight line, parallel to the floor.

Keep your legs active and firm, but do not squeeze your glutes.

If you are comfortable here, then gently drop your head back so the crown of your head faces the floor. Gaze gently at the wall behind you. Breathe softly.

Namaste 🙂

 

The lonely blogger´s routine (for lower back)

Hello, dear bloggers 🙂

This is my personal daily routine for relief my lower back. I don´t set a specific hour to do it. When I feel my back is tense, I take care of it (10 minutes). No equipment is required and you can do it anywhere. Well, don´t be too much creative, just in case 🙂

The lonely blogger´s routine

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Knees to the chest and roll

This is an excellent exercise to massage and treat with care our lower back.

Pull the knees up towards the chest and stretch the hips and lower back. The lumbar spinal area is pressed into the floor. Roll up and down and from side to side upon the lower back. This loosens into the hip joint and massages and stimulates the lower back.

The hardness and firmness of the floor are important and should be used to press into stiff, tight areas. The back may crunch and snap 🙂

This time, I´m sure there is no need to say “repeat”. Instead: Enjoy!!

Supermans Level 3

Supermans Level 3 will burn our lower back. Again, no equipment is required.

Lay face down on a mat, with your arms extended.

Exhale and contract your lower back and glutes, lifting your chest and legs up off the ground. Keep your hands and arms straight throughout the exercise.

Hold a few seconds. Inhale, back to initial position and repeat.

There are some other variations and yoga poses but luckily they are not called “supermans”.

All of them are safe and effective when it comes to building strength in our lower back. There is life beyond deadlift!