How To Help Your Lower-Back Feel Better In 30 Seconds

Valencia fitness expert shows you an easy technique to reduce low-back pain.

As a boot camp owner I know that many of my clients spend a lot of time sitting at a desk. Many of those same clients also have some low back pain.

Besides the obvious, would you agree with me that sitting in a chair for a really long time does evil things to your body?

Yes or yes?

When you sit for 8 hours a day, 7 days a week your muscles get weak. Particularly your gut and your butt. If there’s something weak, it’s safe to say that something else can be tight.

In this case the area I’m focusing on are your hip flexors, which are muscles in the front of your hips that well…flex your hips, like when you sit in a chair.

If these muscles become tight they can tilt your hips forward and become the possible cause of low-back pain. If you’re having┬átrouble picturing what I’m describing you may also know it as “sway-back” or “shelf-butt”.

Now I know some of you love what you do at your desks that you couldn’t bear the thought of standing up, but just in case you wanna know how to “un-tilt” your hips and feel some relief, keep reading.

What you’ll be doing is a standing hip-flexor stretch.

  1. Stand in a split-stance with your left foot forward and your right foot back.
  2. Bend your left knee, tuck your butt under you and squeeze your butt (you should feel a stretch in your right hip area).
  3. Raise your right hand and gently lean to the left. Hold for :20-:30.
  4. Lower your right hand and place it across your left thigh.
  5. Extend your left arm and rotate your torso to the left (this will put a stretch on your right hip area again).
  6. Hold for :20-:30.
  7. Repeat on the other side.

If you’re more of a visual learner check out the video below.

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So if you spend any amount of time sitting at a desk, use this stretch, and be kind to your lower back. Show it to your fellow desk sitters too.

Till next week,

John

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