That’s right, sitting is the issue! In fact, many health professionals are actually calling sitting the new smoking! Read more below to learn ways to get rid of pain and protect your back!
Why Is My Back Sore In The First Place?
When you go to sleep at night, the disks in your spine fill up with fluid that helps cushion and protect the spine from impact (think of these disks as shock absorbers). As the day goes on, those discs lose fluid, and this can put more stress on your back, causing lower back pain. Early in the morning, these disks are much more vulnerable to fluid loss. That’s why it’s key for you that if you work out in the morning, you limit lower back flexion exercises (for example, crunches). This will release the fluid from your disks, leaving your back unprotected for the rest of the day.
Have you ever noticed that sometimes you just wake up with back pain? Sometimes, that’s because you are sleeping in flexion. Your disks lost fluid before you even woke up, and that is setting you up for a LONG and painful day.
What Can I Do To Remedy My Back Pain?
The second tip I’ve got for you is an exercise you can do if you’re stuck sitting in one spot for a long time (you can see this in the photos below). Every 20 – 30 minutes, hop out of your chair, stick your arms straight up into the air, and then reach back for five seconds. Repeat this for five reps, trying to go a little bit farther back as you perform each rep. Never go so far that it is painful or uncomfortable.