What events do your days consist of? Are there things that are immovable (such as a job) and things that tend to get shoved around? In today's fast paced world, we work ourselves (understandably), but provide ourselves with little cross training for that very activity. If you were to run for a living (big Kara Goucher fan) then you would be required to cross train in order to prevent injury. Injuries take you out of the game. The most common reason for onsite call ins and injuries is lower back pain. This is where cross training comes in! If you have a job that requires sitting, driving, etc then you're doing yourself no favors by vegging on the couch to your favorite shows at night. Don't panic, I'm not taking away the shows! I want you to try something for 1 solid week. Have a timer (watch, or microwave timer will do) and set it for 5 minutes. While you're watching your show, take those 5 minutes to do some core strengthening exercises (planks, Pilates style strengtheners, leg lifts and lowers, etc) once the timer goes off you can watch the show for 5 minutes without interruption. The next 5 minutes incorporate some stretches to help open the hips and hip flexors and don't forget to stretch the quads too. Keep alternating like this and you'll find you have less kinks in your back. Even is your not one of the vast majority that suffer from low back pain, you will benefit.
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