Sitting all day is one of the main reasons why many of us suffer from back pain. In fact, lower back pain is incredibly common and most people will experience this discomfort at some point in their lives. Regularly stretching can help to lessen or eliminate this pain, and is something you should add into your daily routine. These 4 stretches are a great way to start improving your flexibility.
Begin this stretch on all fours. Tilt your hips forward, tucking in your tailbone and letting your back arch up towards the ceiling. Keep your head facing down. Next tilt your hips back, pushing your tailbone towards the ceiling and push your back down towards the floor. Gently gaze up towards the ceiling. Repeat this 10 times.
Lay on your front on the floor. Push into your palms and raise your torso off the floor, this will arch your back. This pose will increase your flexibility as well as reduce back pain. Hold this pose for as long as it's comfortable.
Start this pose on your knees and bring your toes together. Bend forward and bring yourself down towards the floor. Place your hands on the mat in front of you and your forehead to the floor. Hold this pose for 1 minute.
Seated Forward Bend
Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you, keep your toes pointed towards the ceiling. Slowly fold forward by bending from the hips. Stop when you can't bend any further. You can place your hands on your legs, ankles or feet - for a deeper stretch lightly pull on your feet or legs. Hold this pose for as long as it's comfortable.