I broke a glass this morning in the kitchen. What a clumsy clutz!
So I did the old glass breaking ritual. You know the one:
- Put some footwear on!
- Tell the dog to stay in the living room
- Get emergency newspaper
- sweep up the glass into a dustpan
- vaccuum the area
- vaccuum the sweeping brush! – etc, etc…
It was when I was bent down to sweep the glass into the dustpan (with my bum in the air!) that I was aware I was tightening my tummy.
This was a great tip I found worked a treat when I was really suffering with back pain. No matter how much we avoid bending down, we can’t avoid it sometimes, can we?
But you can take some of the pressure off you back by tightening your abdominals, so your tummy is doing all the work. When I lifted myself back up, I found my gluteals and thighs were also tightened. I’d got so used to doing this a few years ago, I have probably done it ever since.
I know I do it when I put the dog’s collar on, and when I scoop her poop too!
Not that it does any harm to continue it. It’s important to do everything you can to prevent back pain in the future, so what better time than when you are not in pain? It’s also a great trick to try when lifting is unavoidable too.
For more great tips on how to strengthen your core and back muscles and utlimitely protect your back permanently, have a look at the back pain exercises pages up at the top.
Have a great day – and don’t break stuff!
Photo by .Larry Page