Video: Lower Back Exercise
OK, folks, don’t think I didn’t notice that far fewer of you viewed this video when it was in the Tip of the Week spot than my sexier videos, like Three Ab Exercises. I would have thought you’d wonder why in the world I was sprawled out on my stomach, but I guess you just figured I was napping on the job. Look, I know we all think more about flat abs and bulbous pecs than a strong lower back, but consider this: back injuries are the #1 disability for people under the age of 45 and 80 percent of us will experience low back pain at some point in our lives. If you’ve never injured your lower back, it’s likely you know someone who has and he or she probably did it by completing a real simple movement like picking up a sneaker. The lower back requires a delicate balance of stability and flexibility and the exercise below can help in the stability department. Make this or another lower back exercise part of at least one of your weekly workouts. It’s best to do an exercise that uses just your body weight because stabilizing the back has less to do with muscle hypertrophy (growth) and more to do with muscle endurance.
NOTE: I didn’t do the greatest job of pointing my toes in the video like you should when you perform this move. Shame on me!
–Laura DeLallo, Founder, Living Fit
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