Self-Care Challenge (Day 301): Trying New Lower Back Exercises

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Yesterday I tried out some new lower back exercises, adding a few more tools to my self-care toolbox.

(If you spend a lot of time behind a computer too, then maybe you can relate.)

It seems that the tightness in my back directly correlates to the amount of time I spend sitting, and, left untreated, that stiffness almost always leads to significant amounts of pain. (In fact, I once found myself in urgent care for that very reason.)

Over the past few days, I’ve been thoroughly immersed in a few time-sensitive writing projects, which means I’ve been sitting more than usual. My back protested immediately, and it became clear to me that I needed to make some adjustments in my routine.

For the most part, a combination of regular massage and intermittent bouts of physical activity throughout the day have helped prevent the tightness, but I’m realizing that there may be some other things I could be doing to proactively strengthen my back muscles.

A quick web search turns up more tips, videos, and information than any person has time to realistically read or try in a single day, so I did my best to identify a few simple exercises that I could perform easily at home.

A couple of cat and dog stretches, a nice lengthy child’s pose, and few planks added some variety to what I’ve already been doing.

When it comes to self-care, a few simple variations in our routine every now and then can help break the monotony and keep things fun and interesting.

How do you incorporate new things into your self-care practice?

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