Have you ever woken up in the morning, only to feel your back feeling tight and stiff? Maybe you started a new exercise routine, were doing a lot of yard work, or simply have little one's to run after all day. It happens to the best of us and even though it may often be age related, there are certainly ways to reduce the stiffness to let you get back to your daily routine.
These stretches are also great if you are pregnant. Back pain is common during pregnancy especially in the second and third trimesters as mom and baby put on weight, center of gravity shifts, and a growing belly puts excess strain on the back. Research suggests, on average 50% of all pregnant women will experience back pain and many of those will have pain severe enough to impact their daily living and may even cause them to placed on bedrest.
Certainly keeping an active lifestyle will help to decrease the chances of experiencing back pain, but that is not always the case. Try these stretches to keep you moving throughout your entire pregnancy!
Cat-Cow: 2 minutes
Lion 3-Way Stretch: 30 second holds per position, go through progression twice
Figure 4 Stretch: 30 seconds, twice per leg
Hamstring Stretch: 30 seconds, twice per leg
Knee Hugs: 20 hugs