One-Minute Stretching Exercises to Help Reduce Back Pain

Many people who work in an office in front of a computer know well the torment of back pain. Some caring companies organize special areas so their employees can have some rest. But if there is no such place in your company, you have to think about your health on your own.
Bright Side created a list of one-minute exercises that will help to strengthen back muscles and avoid future pain. You can have a workout no matter where you are.
  • Workout zone — any flat and solid surface (the floor, a table)
  • Workout duration — one minute for one exercise
  • Workout time period — morning, day, night
  • Workout frequency — every day

1. Spine strengthening and stretching

Influences: abs and back muscles
If performed correctly, you’ll feel smooth and light stretching in your lower back.
 
Method 1
What to do: Gently put both knees on one side with your head in the opposite direction. Your shoulders should stay motionless, fixed, and pushed to the floor. Freeze in this position for 10 minutes, and repeat the same actions on the other side.
Reps: 4 times
 
Method 2
What to do: From the starting position, stretch your right leg, and bend your left one. Tilt your bended knee outward and your head inward. Your shoulders should stay fixed.
Reps: 20 times
 
 

Method 3
What to do: Gently, one at a time, tilt your knees to one side and then the other. At the same time, turn your head in the opposite direction.
Reps: 10 tilts without pauses

2. Thoracic spine strengthening

Influences: abs and middle back muscles
If performed correctly, you’ll feel smooth stretching in your lower back.
 
Method 1
What to do: From the starting position, breathe freely and deeply. Arch your back, and fix this position for 15 or 30 seconds.
Another variant: From the starting position, bend your back toward the floor. Fix this position for 15 or 30 seconds.
Reps: 2 times for each exercise
 
Method 2
What to do: With your back arched, lift one knee to your chest, and try to touch your forehead. Then straighten this leg, keeping your position parallel to the floor. Return to the starting position.
Reps: 10 times at a slow pace

3. Lumbar spine strengthening

Influences: abdominal muscles. If your abs are weak, your stomach can bulge, and your spine can shift forward.
If performed correctly, you’ll feel light tension in your abdominal muscles.
 
Method 1
What to do: Push your pelvis to the floor, and take a breath. When you exhale, lift your rib cage up.
Reps: 10 times at a slow pace
 
Method 2
What to do: From the starting position, pull one knee to the opposite elbow (the other elbow stays on the floor.) Then straighten your knee, but don’t put it on the floor. At the same time, pull the other knee to the opposite elbow. This exercise resembles cycling.
Reps: 10 times at a slow pace
A healthy back and spine are very important for our body. Don’t forget about these exercises. Or do you already have your own workout list? Share it with us!

 

Illustrated by Daniil Shubin for BrightSide.me

 
 
 
 
 

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