It’s easy to forget to stretch. It’s often overlooked because the results are not as visible as lifting weights and squatting—or so you thought. Stretching can lead to better posture, fewer aches and pains, greater confidence, and a cheerier outlook on life.
Your thoracic spine, which is located in the middle of your back, is very important to stretch and keep moving. Simple rotational stretches throughout the day are extremely important if you drive, sit, or just stay in one place for a few hours of the day, Hahamian says. Here are four stretches to keep your back strong and healthy.
1. Get on your hands and knees (four point position) with your knees directly under your hips and your hands directly under your shoulders
2. Your back must be in a neutral position (slightly arched) and your chin must be tucked in
3. Sit backwards towards your heels by lowering your buttocks
4. Maintain the stretch and return to the initial position
Hold 30sec x 3sets.
1. Lie on your stomach with your elbows on the floor and the chin tucked in or resting in your hands
2. Relax both your back and buttock muscles and maintain the position
3. Your hips must be touching the floor
10reps x 3sets
1. Lie on your back with your knees bent
2. Lift knees towards your chest and pull it as far as you can with your hands
3. Now pull your knees towards your chest as far as you can to flatten your lower back
Hold for 30sec, repeat 3x/da
1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet on the floor (crook lying)
2. Place your arms out to the side for stability
3. Slowly lower your legs to one side until you feel a gentle stretch
4. Return to central position and repeat
5. Keep your knees together during the movement
Repeat as much as you like to stretch your back