If you’re one of the people who love hitting the gym early in the morning, you might notice how stiff your back muscles feel at the very beginning of your workout. As the weather gets colder, this might turn into a potential problem.
When your muscles aren’t properly warmed up before an intense gym session, you might be risking injury, strain, and pulling muscle fibers. This can cause pain and limit your movements, especially when it comes to future workouts. Here are some of the best exercises to help you prep your spine before the gym.
Engage your core muscles and feel your lower back elongate. Inhale and gaze up, letting your belly drop. Create a large curve in your spine and stretch out your entire front body. Exhale and curve your spine the other way, bringing your chin to your chest and feeling the space in between your vertebras expand.
Repeat five times and take it slow. Once you’re done, come back to the starting position and reset your spine.
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Exhale and gently come back down, placing your forehead on the floor so you reset your upper back. Repeat two more times, trying to lift up higher each time. The goal is to really use your back muscles to lift up instead of just pushing yourself away with your arms.
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You can repeat the same thing two more times or interlace the fingers behind your back and use the clasp as leverage to lift your upper body off the ground while lifting your legs at the same time. Exhale and release. Take it slowly and don’t do any sudden movements to prevent injury or strain.
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Push the tops of your feet into the floor and bring your hips as far forward as possible. Look up and maybe even a tad bit back to go deeper into your backbend. You can stay here or look slightly left and then right to stretch your neck as well. After three long inhales and exhales, relax back down. Stay here or push your hips up and make an inverted V shape with your body to reset your spine.
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Repeat this two more times. Make sure to take your movements as slow as possible to prevent injury or any pain in your back. Don’t push yourself to the edge and listen to your body. With each lift, you’ll undoubtedly be able to go deeper.
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Warm-ups are just as important as exercise, so make sure to do these exercises before any gym workout in order to prevent any injuries or strain. Additionally, if you’re specifically gearing up for leg day, add these exercises to your routine!