Is your back strong enough to withstand the workload of the holiday season? Over the coming weeks, your spine and its surrounding muscles may shift and strain in ways that differ from the rest of the year. Whether you are hunching over a hot oven, hoisting heavy shopping bags, or hanging decorations from hazardous heights, it only takes one minor misstep, or poorly executed pivot, to cause lower back pain. And while there is never an ideal time to blow out your back, the holidays are an especially inconvenient occasion to sustain such an injury.
A healthy spine is key to a healthy body all year around. So it’s important to implement exercises that support and safeguard this sensitive area from the wear and tear of daily activities.
Keep your spine in line this holiday season with these six spine-strengthening stretches. You will need a carpeted surface or yoga mat for support.
These stretches are most effective when practiced an hour after waking up and prior to bed, each day. If you suffer from chronic lower back pain, consult a physician prior to exercise.