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Strengthening your lower back comes with it so many benefits to you. One of the benefits is that if you have a strengthened lower back, you can reduce chances of experiencing lower back pain. Now, it has been established that exercise can actually help avoid most issues that affect the lower back. Exercising helps to boost blood circulation to your lower back area and also reduces stiffness there which might cause pain.
Find out more about the 10 best ways to strengthen your lower back easily at home:
- The superman
It’s a great beginner move that focuses on the lower back area and will require just your body weight to do. Place a mat on a flat floor and then lie on your stomach stretching your arms out to your front and legs behind, just like superman does it. Get your legs and arms raised from the floor and you will feel the muscles of your back activated. Hold it this way for a few seconds then release.
- Partial crunches
Core muscles usually work together and this exercise works to strengthen the abs and lower back. If you are already grappling with back pain, it would be better for you to focus on doing this partial movement. It is one of the best exercises for lower back pain that will ensure you become fit.
- Bird dog
This exercise is good at giving you a stronger core. To do it, on your hands and knees, stretch the left leg back and your right arm forward. Keep your balance in the position and maintaining a straight back.
Your lower back may feel like sagging as you perform this movement but just concentrate on keeping it straight up. You then repeat with the other leg and arm.
- Straight leg deadlifts
If you do this exercise right it will really help you get a strengthened back. To do it safely and efficiently, you will have to approach it with correct form. When practicing this exercise, just ensure that you keep your back as straight as you go down and the rise back to standing.
- Leg lifts
This exercise should not be practiced if you have not developed some muscle strength in your lower back area. This lower back exercise targets the muscles in your lower back and abdominal muscles as well.
- Perform stretches
If you are experiencing pain in the back i.e. lower left back pain or lower right back pain, stretches can also be beneficial. Hamstring stretches can also come in handy for you to strengthen your back.
- Wall sits
This is essentially getting yourself standing near a wall and then squatting a little bit then leaning against the wall with your back. You can hold in that position for a count of up to 10 or more depending on your resilience.
- Knee to chest
You can lie on your back on the floor on a mat with your knees bent. Slowly brig one of your knees toward your chest while leaving the other knee on the floor. Leave your lower back pressed against the floor and you may hold this way for at least 15 seconds.
- Pelvic tilts
In this exercise you lie on your back and bending your knees then tighten your stomach muscles by contracting them. You should feel your lower back pressing against the floor with your hips and pelvis in a somewhat back motion.
- Lift light weights
When this is done properly your will benefit a lower back that is well strengthened and pain free. Just ensure that you don’t lift weight that is too heavy to avoid injury.