These low back exercises could change your life – seriously.
YES! I hate that kind of click bait title too “…exercises that could change your life!” But, in this case I actually think that these simple low back exercises can do that. At least as far as your low back goes – they did for me. When I began building my own physical practice, I began with this fundamental exercises. Both this and the exercise in the next post work on important low back muscles and movements which tilt your pelvis into an alignment that fights against disc compression in the low back. Essentially, these are the muscles and actions that support healthy posture, which is key to keeping your back healthy. I really believe that these exercises alone can make a significant difference in low back health, even if you do nothing else. (I know the video says “exercise 2,” – sorry, editing mistake 🙂
The first exercise, pressing your low back into the floor, is so simple that it seems ridiculous. And it is really a fundamental part of what I believe helped me build a healthy and strong low back. It is so easy, that it’s a great way to start any sort of routine in the morning. Try doing it in bed before you get up. It engages your core and gets blood flowing. I began doing these because I wanted to practice in the morning, but I was so tired that I literally got out of bed and laid back down on the floor. 🙂 In addition to being a great low back exercise, this exercise activates your core and wakes you up, getting you ready for your day or for more exercise. When you are doing this exercise, think about how your body feels. How does it feel to hold your low back in this position? Try to remember that feeling, and your muscle memory will develop over time. Then during the day, whenever you think about it, try to move your back into that posture – tilting your pelvis so that your lower back straightens a little and your belly pulls in. Over time, you’ll find yourself remembering to do this more and more often until it becomes second nature.
PS: If you are curious about my history of low back issues read my first post, “When Low Back Pain Strikes Unexpectedly.”
*** As with all exercise… if you have very serious back problems such as a herniated disc, you should consult your doctor before trying this.