The Chinese say you are as old as your spine. Back problems from sitting too much start when we stop mobilising our spine. Move around your office – just move – make it a big part of your life, or you’ll pay for it later. We are a living, physical body, we need to move more.
Mobilise your spine across as many different planes as possible. Stand more, walk more, bear crawl, back bend, touch your toes, squat, twist, do the worm. If you’ve abandoned movement for your chair, approach it carefully. Start small and ease into it. Maybe start a guided practice like dance, martial arts or yoga.
Here are some exercises you can do anywhere, to get your spine moving. Do each one very day for the week and notice how you feel. Post your experience to comments.
Inchworm – Stand up tall with the legs straight and let those fingertips hit the floor. Keeping the legs straight (but not locked!), slowly lower the torso toward the floor, and then walk the hands forward. Once in a push-up position, start taking tiny steps so the feet meet the hands. Continue for 4-6 reps.
Bear Crawl – Embrace that inner grizzly. Starting on the hands and knees, rise up onto the toes, tighten the core, and slowly reach forward with the right arm and right knee, followed by the left side. Continue the crawl until you scare your colleagues off.
HOW OLD IS YOUR SPINE?