Bridge pose for long days + low back pain!
We all have days in which we spend a little too much time sitting on our buns. Whether it be a day spent at your desk, or parking the junk in your trunk on the couch after a long day. When we sit on our buns for too long our glute muscles become inactive… they go to sleep. When your glutes take a nap, it causes the low back muscles to pick up the slack resulting in low back pain and strains. Bridge pose is my GO-TO MID-DAY POSE to wake up those buns, engage the glute muscles and help prevent low back pain.
- Laying flat on your back, bring your feet towards your bum, knees bent at 90 degrees. Inhale, rising through the hips while pushing through the feet. Clasp the hands below your pelvis and extend through the arms, allowing the shoulder blades to move together, grounding through the tops of the shoulders. Try to keep your thighs parallel and your knees directly over your ankles while holding this pose! Engage the glutes, thighs and abdominals. Hold here for eight breaths or inhale to rise through the hips, exhale to lower repeating this dynamic movement 10 times.
• SQUEEZE THE GLUTES •
This is a great chest and shoulder opener, and it may rejuvenate tired legs, but most of all it TURNS ON THE BUNS, son.
Remember- often times we experience low back pain due to under-active glute muscles!
Spend 5 minutes in the middle of your day to get into bridge pose and start bridging your way to success!
Activate those glutes = decrease low back pain = increased productivity = success.