Posture, Back Exercises & What I’ve Been Up To

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Posture, Back Exercises & What I’ve Been Up To

 

I meant to post this yesterday, but I didn’t get around to it for a few reasons, so here it is a day late (this post is written in present tense…but it all happened yesterday).

Sunday was the last day of my vacation – I spent the week in Banff, Alberta with my family and went skiing a couple times with my brother (he snowboards though). There was some great powder on the mountains, some great games with the family, and some cold weather (below -30 Celcius at multiple points in the week).

Monday I took the day to try and catch up on emails and play a little Call of Duty: Black Ops with my brother.

So today I went out to do construction for my dad. I don’t have a specific area of expertise, I’ve been helping with the house off and on for the past year and a half (it’s a big house) – starting with the surveying.

Today my job was to put a bunch of screws in the floor. The floor was put in a while ago with nails to meet code, but my dad didn’t like how the floor moved up and down so he wanted to screw it in (which is apparently what most people end up doing).

Since it’s a big house, that means a lot of screws. I worked from 9:15 AM-7:45 PM with a 45 minute lunch break. That entire time was spent putting screws in the floor except for a few minutes here and there moving stuff so I could put the screws in.

By the end of the day I had finished off an almost empty container of screws (probably around 100-200 screws) and an entire container of 2,000 screws. That’s a lot of screws I put in the floor…and I’m not done yet.

Of course putting screws in the floor means bending over – which if I’m not careful means a sore back.

So what did I do to make sure I didn’t end up with a sore back?

First, I made sure that every hour or so I stretched. I like doing the cat & camel stretch (there’s a billion videos on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cat+and+camel&aq=f) I feel good after doing that one.

Plus recently I saw a video from Bodyweight Coach with an exercise that I now do multiple times daily and got my sister doing. I’ve noticed an improvement in my posture and so has she.

By the way, you should check out some of the other videos from Adam & Ryan – they’re the kings when it comes to bodyweight exercises. So make sure you browse their blog and see some of the other stuff they’ve got.

I know a lot of people struggle with back pain, but it’s really not my expertise. I just do a few stretches and my back is fine. I also try to make sure I don’t slouch and I do my best to maintain good posture.

If you struggle with back pain or you sit at a desk all day, definitely check out the exercises above and do them every day. They definitely help my back and they just might help yours. 🙂

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