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My lower back routine

Sitting for long periods can definitely cause lower back pain or worsen an existing back problem. Does your back hurt? Do you know what I mean? Sitting is a static posture that increases stress in the back, shoulders, arms, and legs, and in particular, can add large amounts of pressure to the back muscles and spinal discs.

I have an old injury and over the years I´ve been trying and adjusting exercises to relief my back pain. This is an easy and quick back pain routine relief that never fails. It takes 5 minutes and you need no equipment.

I do this routine almost every day, some days twice, after two or three hours in front of the screen. I bet most of you sit for longer than I do, so I´m sure this routine will help you if performed regularly. Taking a little time during the day to stretch and relax has an extra benefit: your productivity will increase when you feel your body free of stress. Think about it this way, you take a break when you finish a task to do the next even better. Read more about movement and productivity on Forbes, these guys really care about productivity, right? Take your lower back seriously and start stretching, often. Remember that stretches should never be forced or cause any pain. Click on exercise´s name to watch the video. Also, how to perform each exercise is just below the image. Here´s a screenshot. Lower back routine

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Foam Rolling

We´re going to learn how to foam rolling. I love my foam roller so much, I´m even worried! Maybe I skip a training session or miss a yoga session, but I always find ten minutes to catch up with my foam roller.

As each exercise has its own instructions, but there are main guidelines and usual mistakes common to all of them, I think it´s easier to read separately. Once you know the “basic rules”, it gets boring read them over and over again, right? Anyway, if you need a reminder or thinking on new followers, I´ll add a link to this post for everyone´s safety.

  1. WARNING! Most important: Do NOT use the foam roller on your lower back. Never. You may get injured. And that´s the opposite you want. Rolling your lower back will cause your spinal muscles to contract to protect your spine. To release your lower back, we roll the muscles that connect to it, glutes, hip flexors, and so on.
  2. Time: Ideally, you should spend 20 seconds or so on each tender spot while managing how much pressure you apply. When using a foam roller you should apply enough pressure so that you feel some tension released, either with constant pressure or by making small movements back and forth. A mild amount of discomfort is expected but you shouldn’t be in pain.
  3. Pressure: Apply enough pressure so that you feel some tension released, either with constant pressure or by making small movements back and forth. A mild amount of discomfort is expected but you shouldn’t be in pain. On painful or inflamed areas, it’s often best to roll just a few inches away first and then use large, sweeping motions to cover the entire area.
  4. Speed: Do not roll too quickly; slow and concentrated movements. If you roll too fast, your muscles won’t have time to adapt and you’re not going to get relief.
  5. Bad posture: If you use an improper form or bad posture while doing this, it could exacerbate existing postural deviations and cause injury. This is why we give specific instructions for each exercise!

Are you ready to foam rolling?

Neck Relief

Upper Back Relief

Lats Relief

Quads Relief

Hamstrings Relief

Adductor Relief

Calves Relief

Shin Relief

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Guest post: A good posture at MiddleMe

Good morning, dears :)

It´s finally here! A good posture at MiddleMe!!!

This time, we´ll focus on the muscles that help us to keep a good posture while typing, or more generally sitting behind a desk. I think any blogger need these exercises every now and then. Take a look at the guest post, and also, take the opportunity to meet Kally and discover her amazing blog. There you´ll find solutions for any problem at your workplace: relationships (bosses, co-workers, clients), how to manage your time… all you need to improve your professional life is one click away, follow her!

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Guest post at MiddleMe: Exercise at the workplace

Good morning, wonderful bloggers :D

Kally at MiddleMe has invited me to contribute to her blog. I follow MiddleMe since the first week I started blogging. Kally is a miracle woman, she fixes and finds solutions for every detail at the workplace. So, you can imagine how honored I feel since she asked me for some routines any of you can do at the workplace.

So, click on this link, and enjoy MiddleMe as much as I do :)

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Reverse Table Pose

After a long day studying, driving, or in front of the computer, you need to try this one.

It´s a yoga posture that provides a deep stretch to the upper body, including your shoulders, chest, abdomen, and spine. This pose will build strength throughout all the core muscles and the muscles surrounding the spine. It also improves balance and posture. Additionally, it will strengthen the wrists, arms, glutes, legs, and back. It also restores balance after sports and activities that require forward motion, such as swimming, biking, or playing tennis.

Begin by sitting on the floor with your legs extended in front of you and your arms resting at your sides. Bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor.

Place your hands behind your hips, shoulder-width apart. Press your palms flat, and turn your fingertips inward.

Inhale and press with your hands and feet. Straighten your elbows, and lift your hips and chest up toward the ceiling. Try to bring your chest, torso, and knees into one straight line, parallel to the floor.

Keep your legs active and firm, but do not squeeze your glutes.

If you are comfortable here, then gently drop your head back so the crown of your head faces the floor. Gaze gently at the wall behind you. Breathe softly.

Namaste :)

 


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Standing dumbbell shrug

A lot of people feel tension in the trapezius muscle, caused by poor posture, stress, or carrying heavy objects. The trapezius helps to keep our shoulder up. When we hold something in our hand the trapezius is working. When we place a bag over our shoulder the trapezius is working. Also, the trapezius supports our head.
The trapezius only gets a break when we lie down. So, it works for almost the entire day. This is why so many people feel tension in this muscle. Strengthening the trapezius is one way to decrease the tension and support these muscles. The purpose of strengthening your traps is not to hold more stress; it is to stabilize your shoulder blades.

Hold your dumbbells in your hands with your palms facing your body. The dumbbells should be alongside your thighs with your elbows straight. Stand in split stance position and pull your shoulder blades down and back. Your head should be aligned with your spine.
Exhale and slowly shrug your shoulders upward. Do not allow any shoulder rotation. Keep the elbows straight. Do not allow the back to arch or the wrists to bend.
Inhale and back to your starting position.

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