Daily Challenge Tuesday Aug. 07, 2012

Everyday Well-Being

Do a spine-strengthening stretch.

How to do it

Lie face down on a carpeted floor. Extend both arms out in front of your body. Your head should hover over the floor with the tip of your nose just above the floor. Lift your kneecaps up off the floor and draw your belly button towards your spine. Lift your right arm and left leg towards the ceiling, and reach toward the walls in front of and behind you. Hold for 3 seconds and release. Do this two more times, then switch arms and legs.

Why it matters

Many people complain of low back pain as they age, and sedentary lifestyles can contribute to weaker muscles in this region. This is a great exercise to strengthen the muscles along your spine in your lower back. This can help prevent pain during everyday activities or when you're exercising.

Fun fact

Ouch! A stingray's spine has serrated edges and a sharp point, and sometimes contains a deadly venom.


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