In today’s video, I’ll go through a Strange But Effective Bodyweight Corrective Exercise for the Back.
Back pain is extremely common, and many of us are desperate for stretches and exercises that can help reduce and hopefully eliminate the pain and tension in our backs. The exercise I will show you in this post is one you may not have seen before, but is extremely effective at correcting the back. You should experience relief from back pain and tension after completing this exercise.
Strange But Effective Bodyweight Corrective Exercise for the Back
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I had Donnalee demonstrate this strange but effective exercise called the Arm and Leg Reach and Glide.
Lie down on your stomach. I recommend using a towel that you can put your forehead on to keep your body in good alignment and to allow your neck muscles to relax. Relax your whole body and take a couple of deep breaths. Move into the reaching and gliding position by reaching with your right arm and then trying to extend back with your left leg. It’s almost like you are trying to separate your arm and opposite leg. Work on activating those small muscles in the lower back and also stretching those small muscles in the lower back.
Right Arm and Left Leg Reach and Glide
Do this for 5 seconds and then return back to the start. Relax and put your body into good position. Move to the other side, reaching out with your left arm and right leg. Get a light stretch in the low back area and also work all those lower back muscles. Hold for 5 seconds, relax, and return to the start.
Left Arm and Right Leg Reach and Glide
Start off with 5 repetitions on each side and see how it feels. This is stretching a very specific area in the back and also working those tiny muscles. See how your body is responding.
Give that exercise a go and see how it feels on your back stretching out that lower back area and working those small stabilizing muscles in the lower back.
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