It’s estimated that some 31 million Americans suffer from lower back pain in one form or another at some point in their lives. Lower back pain can not only greatly limit your ability to play sports and partake in physical activities, but it may also effect you when you’re sitting or lying down. Lower back pain is becoming more of a widespread problem, thought to be caused be the fact that people are living more sedentary lifestyles. Lack of exercise, too much sitting down watching TV and working at a computer desk all day are the most likely to blame for your lower back pain.
#1: The IT Band Cross-Legged Stretch
We’ll start out with a simple stretch that happens to be one of my favorites. It’s simple and effective and it’s a stretch I do daily as part of my morning routine. Start by standing up straight, then crossing your left leg over your right leg, so your left foot ends up on your right side. Next, slowly bend forward until you feel the back of your legs and your lower back tightening up. Get to a position where you feel tension, then slowly bend further down as much as you can. Hold this position for 30 seconds, at which point you should start to feel things loosening up; repeat the stretch with the other leg.