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.
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