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Can you stit up straight? – Finding your back strength

June 27th, 2011 No Comments

Sitting up straight shouldn’t be difficult, right?  Well, I suppose it shouldn’t be, but for most of us, it is.

A reader wrote a comment asking for exercises to strengthen her back.  Before I offer you a video with 3 options next week, this week I challenge you to simply sit up straight with a flat back.  Apart from your shock, this will establish a starting point for you to use later after you’ve spent a few weeks doing the exercises.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you in front of a mirror.
  2. Hunch over.
  3. Take a deep breath.
  4. With your abs, push the air out of your lungs, pulling your navel to your spine and sit up straight.
  5. Pull your pelvic bone under you to flatten out your lower back.  Your belly should feel “scooped” in.
  6. Pull your shoulder blades together to flatten out your upper back.
  7. Try to keep your legs straight.
  8. Count how many seconds you can sit like this without pain.

Because I have chronic pain in my lower back, it took me about 5 or 6 attempts before I could sit up straight.  The only reason I was able to hold the position for longer than 10 seconds was due to my core strength, telling me I need to practice what I preach (will be preaching next week).  Yoga has helped, but I have a long way to go.

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