I mentioned in my last post that I have hurt my back, it is actually the lower back that is causing me pain. I did this a few weeks ago when I worked at the Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon, and although it doesn’t hurt all the time it has been bothering me lately after all the housework I have been doing!!
Instead of stopping the housework (which I would love to do to be honest!!) I have done a load of research on the best exercises to help strengthen my back and core to help reduce the amount of pain I am getting and hopefully get rid of it and allow me to start running again!
So here are the moves that I have started to do each day: (Found on Pinterest!)
I make sure I move nice and slowly and make sure my core is engaged at all times. I repeat this set three times, with a two minute break between sets.
- 10 Cat/Cows
- 10 Bottom to heel stretches
- 10 Opposite arm and leg extensions
- 10 Back extensions
- 10 Bridges
- 10 Knee rolls
I have also been doing a bit of foam rollering to help release any tension in my muscles as I read that tight hamstrings can cause lower back pain! And to be honest it is a pretty good thing to do on the regs!
Now I am not a qualified PT or physio so I am not suggesting people with back pain do these moves without seeking professional advice first, I am just sharing the moves I am trying and I will see if and how they help me.
If you suffer with back pain and know of any really good exercises to help gain strength please comment below and let me know!