Health Corner – Avoiding Back Injury… Approximately 8 years ago I had back surgery, but it’s been yoga that has contributed to my back pain and related issues being greatly resolved. Yoga poses and stretching have become essential parts of my daily routine. I diligently work on my core and the hips to support the back. I’ve learned that loose hips can not only help you on the dance floor but will keep you safer in the gym, too. According to a recent study in 2012, hip mobility can be improved through stretching. In just 6 weeks, men who completed a stretching program improved their range of motion by 50%! Guys who cannot rotate their hips often twist their lower backs. Here’s my method for keeping loose:
I lie on my back. I bend one knee so my foot is flat on the floor, placing the ankle of the other foot on top of the knee and do the following: I push down on my thigh of the crossed leg until I feel some separation and next, I grab my thigh from behind of the bent knee and draw it toward me, while keeping the ankle of the other leg on top of my knee. I simultaneously pull the knee toward me while pushing away the crossed leg/hip with my inside arm. Then I switch sides and repeat the stretch. In addition, while on all fours, I arch and round my back for several minutes. This keeps the hips in alignment. Rarely a day goes by that I do not perform these, especially before heading to the golf course.