FGL Stretch Break! Lower Back Stretch

Welcome to your weekly stretch break.  By request this week’s stretch is for the lower back, and you don’t even have to leave your chair.  For those of you with tight lower backs/hamstrings or high blood pressure, I offer a modification version first.   This is definitely one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it, too.

Note:  The Stretch Break series is designed for the average healthy adult.  Please always consult a physician before starting any exercise/movement program. If you have lower back injury/issues or high blood pressure this stretch may not be right for you.  If you are unsure, please check with your doctor before participating in these or any exercises.

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  • http://allaboutjoy.typepad.com Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord

    I love it! Thank you, Stacey!

    I just got new chairs, too, that I think will work well with that exercise, especially if I deepen it by grabbing the chair legs and pulling down further. (As a yogi once taught me.)

    You’re awesome! And really cute boots, by the way!

  • http://www.positiveletters.com Hilary

    Hi Stacey ..that was great .. lower backs seem always to be ‘killers’ – especially if you’re like me at the moment up at a hospital bedside bending over, and then coming back and sitting for periods.

    I also see that you have pre-empted me! and added all these wonderful stretches into a category .. so we can just go there and run through each stretch with you as we do them, til they’ve become a habit this end.

    Excellent – thank you – Hilary

  • http://staceyshipman.com Stacey Shipman

    Megan – Yes, you can go deeper by pulling on the chair – you are ahead of the game! Thanks re: the boots!

    Hilary – I did categorize them and I will again because there is more to stretching than just from your desk! I’d also like to modify how I upload these so they can be downloaded to an mp3. :-) But for now I offer them here! Actually, if you are bending forward a lot you’ll want to bend backwards to counteract the forward bend…hmmm backbends stay tuned for those stretches coming up. (And I hope all is ok with you, spending time in a hospital lately)

  • http://www.workhappynow.com Karl Staib – Work Happy Now

    I needed this tonight. It’s funny as I read the synopsis I felt my tight hamstrings. Once I got a chance to stretch with you I felt much better. I really like these stretch breaks.

  • http://www.positiveletters.com Hilary

    Hi Stacey -thanks for replying .. yes unfortunately it’s been three years+ now .. so I keep going and recently Mum hasn’t been too well, I lost my uncle late last year. A I’m now somewhat older!! I need the stretches .. and will get myself organised to do more – warmer weather and sun today helps a lot ..!!

    Great you’re doing these – we all need them .. just read somewhere about someone attaching a treadmill to their desk – so I guess they can exercise and read? Burn the calories off .. also moving things around so we constantly have to get up and move to get things .. – a good walk would be better, with before and after stretches …

    Have a good week .. Hilary

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