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3 Stretches for a Healthy Back

Maintain back mobility with this simple series of exercises

Who needs to stretch? You do. A regular stretching routine helps to keep your muscles flexible. With consistency, you can relieve and prevent pain from exercise and daily, functional activities. Is back pain a problem for you? Here are three easy stretches that can help.

Low Back Relaxer

Grab a pillow and slowly lie down on your back. Bend both knees, keeping your upper body relaxed. Bring one knee toward your chest, placing your hand underneath your leg. Release it. Now for the sides of the back, slowly bring your body across and hold. Hold each position for 20 to 30 seconds, relax and repeat.

Cat Cow Stretch

Get on all fours by placing your hands and knees on the ground. Slowly roll your back up, using your abdominals for a good stretch of your lower spine. Now, release and slightly arch your back.

Hold for 20 to 30 seconds, relax and repeat.

Cobra Stretch

Lie face down on your mat and slowly place your hips down. Bend your arms and place your hands flat to the floor. While keeping your tummy tight, lift your chest slightly up, just a couple of inches. Hold for 10 seconds, relax and repeat.

Try these moves three to four times a week, or every day if you can.

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