Our backs contain so much stress it’s no surprise that the majority of people today suffer from back pain. Add in the day to day activities of office workers and students and we’ve got a recipe for aches and pains. Thankfully there are some simple, no non-sense activities you can add to your day all while staying at your desk!
Having proper posture allows the back to relax properly. Whenever we sit, the back is compressing into our hips and without proper posture the spine becomes slack and can twist and bend in all sorts of uncomfortable ways.
While having good posture is a great way to avoid spine stress, adding in this next exercise can really help in preventing back troubles. The abdominals are key to giving extra support to the delicate back. Because the abs wrap around the whole core, when engaged they create a sort of cage or cushioning around the vertebrates. Engaging these muscles is as simple as pulling in the muscles underneath the belly button, as if you were sucking in your stomach. The abs should be pulled in tight at all times to avoid any injuries, but start out by ensuring that they are tightened when doing activities such as sitting, walking, running or exercising.
Getting into these habits is no over-night alteration, but simply being aware and noting the onset of aches and pains will help make these tricks stick.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013