Springtime weather inspires me to get outside and do some major yard work. I rake, mulch, plant bulbs, pick up fallen branches, and get my vegetable garden prepped. It's a whole lot of bending down, lifting, and carrying heavy loads, and it makes for a very sore lower back. Here's a stretch I love to do at night after a hard day's work of cleanup and gardening, but it also feels great after a run, bike ride, or long hike.
To learn how to do this feels-oh-so-good stretch
- Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor.
- Slowly hug your knees to your chest and wrap your arms around your shins.
- Keep your knees tucked in and rock them from side-to-side to massage your back muscles.
- You can also try circling your knees two to three times in each direction to increase the massage and stretch. I love to do this after the Pilates ab exercises.