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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

3 Stretches That Will Strengthen Your Back And Prevent Injury

“Imbalances that often lead to back pain include weak or tight hamstrings and hips and poor spine mobility,” says  Clearwater, FL trainer Ashleigh Gass, C.S.C.S. “Incorporate strength moves like back extensions, Gymnastics Bodies Jefferson Curls [holding a light barbell, legs straight, roll down through spine’s full range of motion; roll up to start], and planks to strengthen the core,” she says.
On top of those moves, do stretches like the following three yoga poses to help decompress the spine and increase flexibility. Click through to check them out.

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1. Child's Pose
Begin on all fours, knees wide apart with big toes touching. Lower your butt to rest on your heels, extending hands in front of you on the floor. Try to relax your lower back as you extend through your fingertips.
Stay here for 5 to 10 breaths, breathing evenly.

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2. Downward Dog
Begin on all fours, hands under shoulders and knees under hips, fingers spread wide. Exhaling, lift hips toward the ceiling while tucking your toes under, straighten your legs so your body forms an inverted V. Press into the floor as you lift through your hips, sinking your heels toward the floor as far as you comfortably can.
Stay here for 5 to 10 breaths.


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3. Cat/Cow
Begin on all fours, hands directly under shoulders and knees under hips, spine neutral. Inhaling, drop your belly toward the floor as you lift your chin and chest. Exhaling, draw your belly toward your spine and round your back toward the ceiling, dropping the top of your head toward the floor.
Reverse the movement and repeat, alternating 10 to 15 times while breathing evenly.


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