BACK PAIN- PRACTICAL TIPSShane McLean, ACE Certified Personal Trainer with the T. Boone Pickens YMCA Today’s a bad back day. Again. Couldn’t have come at a worst time because you areA. Busy at workB. Out in the yardC. Driving all day. D. Or your feet constantly.Sound familiar?
Have you wondered why you feel so stiff in the morning? I have. This video explains this and a stretch you can do to help ease that stiffness. Do it tomorrow.
While you are at work or watching TV, you can be working on your posture. Doing 10 chin tucks and pelvic tilts throughout the day will help keep your body in correct alignment. Check out the following websites for exercises. http://www2.nau.edu/~mtl8/Ther_Ex_files/Postural_ex.htm and http://www.ehow.com/way_5407942_seated-ab-exercises.html
I am going to tell you all about something readily present to all moving organisms, but a like a visually stunning insect, is often overlooked. I am talking about the pot-o-gold, the unicorn, the Lucky Charms of movement. Indeed, I am talking about the…. TRANSVERSE PLANE OF MOTION! What is this transverse plane you ask? Well to understand the most neglected and challenging plane of motion, you must understand the other main two.
Today life is crammed with demands on personal time, energy, and space. When you continuously care for others without taking care of yourself, you reach beyond your capacity to function. Like a hard drive with too much information, you essentially crash and burn due to these physical and mental imbalances. At a Pilates class it’s your time to recharge your batteries so you can rediscover your mind-body equilibrium. The Pilates breathing technique will help you to capitalize on your strengths without wearing yourself down.
Lay down supine (on your back) with your feet placed near your tailbone. Place hands under the arch of your back, about 4 fingers should fit. Remove fingers and feel the neutral spinal position. Then, press the lower back down and round or tuck the tailbone while squeezing abdominals. Next, arch the back and lift the tailbone while squeezing the back muscles. Repeat, you can also do this movement standing.