Show Your Lower Body Some Lovin’

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Next, we’re back with a new video! These three moves are perfect for targeting and strengthening your lower back muscles. And the exercises are dynamic (meaning you move throughout the range of motion rather than holding them in one place) so other muscles come into play as well. Your quads and glutes should feel the burn with the bridge kicks and your hamstrings and glutes share the focus with the back during the plate pulls.

Lower back pain is a common and life-interrupting issue. Besides performing these effective exercises, remember these quick tips from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • Focus on balancing your weight evenly on both feet when standing, and of course, try not to slouch.
  • Insure that your chairs provide good lower back support. Frequent walking breaks can help relieve pressure as well.
  • Avoid wearing your Manolos too often (ouchie posture!). And don’t smoke—this can reduce blood flow to the lower back and increase disc degeneration.
  • Eat a nutritious diet to maintain a healthy body weight and preserve bone density.

Have you had lower back issues? Eight out of 10 people  have or will experience this painful ailment, the NIH says. If you have, how did you deal with it? How did you cure it, if you did?

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