I wanted to go through the best protective exercises for your back.
The Best Protective Exercises for Your Back — Try These Out
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I had Jenna to demonstrate the exercises.
#1- Full Front Plank
Get into the front-plank position. Prop yourself up while your shoulders, hips and legs are in straight line. Tighten the abdominal area and hold the position.
Full Front Plank
Modified: Short Front Plank Position With Knees Bent
If doing the full-front position is too much strain on your back and you cannot maintain the curve on your back, you can do the exercise from your knees with short-front plank position.
Short Front Plank
In this exercise, we are looking for good contraction in the abdominal area. We do not want any stress in the low-back area. So pick which option works best for you — the full-front plank or the short-front plank.
Perform 1 set of 5 reps with a 5-second hold for each of the exercise.
#2- Hip Hinge Exercise
Stand nice and upright. With the hip-width apart, grab some resistance like dumbbells or kettlebells. Tighten up the abdominal area. Keep upper body as one unit and the lower body as another unit. Bring the hips back, bend the knees a bit then come back up keeping the upper body in nice straight alignment.
Hip Hinge Exercise
In the front plank, we attack the core from the anterior, while with this hip hinging movement, a common issue people have is that they have a difficult time separating the upper body from the lower body. They will have all the movement happen in the lower back and we do not want that. We need to have the movement to happen in the hips as opposed to the movement happening in the back, so this exercise helps educate the body to do that. This exercise also help strengthen the core when the trunk moves forward.
Perform 1 set of 5 reps in a smooth controlled movement with a good stop at the end-position.
#3- Glute Bridge Exercise
Lie on the floor with knees bent, feet flat, arms are to the sides and relax the upper body. Push through the heel. Tighten the abdominal area. Bring the hips up. Knees, hips and shoulders are in straight line. Come back down and then come back up.
Glute Bridge Exercise
In this exercise, we are targeting the glutes and the hamstrings.
Perform 1 set of 5 reps in a smooth controlled movement with a good stop at the top position for a second.
#4- Back Extensions
Stand nice and tall, legs are straight then toes are pointing ahead. Put your hands to your pelvis area. Arch back bending through the mid back and bring the head back. Then, go back to the start position.
This is a light mobility exercise, loosening up the joints in the low-back area.
Perform 1 set of 5 reps in a smooth controlled movement with a good stop at the end-position for 1 second.
#5- Cat-And-Cow Exercise
Move into a 4-point position. Hands are underneath the shoulders. Knees are underneath the hips. Keep the head, shoulders and hips in good alignment. Drop the head and round out the mid back and low back then hold it for 1 second. Go the other way by bringing the pelvis forward, drop the low back, bring the head back, rounding the other way. Repeat moving back and forth.
In this exercise, we are focusing more on the mobility throughout the whole spine, including the pelvis, low back, mid-back area, neck and head areas.
Perform 1 set of 5 reps each way, alternating back and forth, in a smooth controlled movement with a good stop at the top position with a light intensity.
So there you go, try these 5 excellent exercises in order to protect your back.
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Rick Kaselj, MS