I find as I get older my back needs to be super strong to stay active. I find myself icing my back and neck after exertion all the more in my 40s. The exercises at the link below help keep it strong.
There are also several Yoga poses I like to do regularly. One is Downward Facing Dog.
Active.com lists some of the benefits to the pose:
- Stronger hands, wrists, low-back, hamstrings, calves and Achilles tendon
- Decrease in back pain by strengthening the entire back and shoulder girdle
- Elongated shoulders and shoulder-blade area
- Decrease in tension and headaches by elongating the cervical spine and neck and relaxing the head
- Deepened respiration
- Decreased anxiety
- Increased full-body circulation
- Strengthen the spine, arms and wrists
- Stimulate the organs of the abdomen
- Improve posture, by stretching anterior spine and strengthening posterior spine
- Stretch chest and lungs, shoulders and abdomen
- Help to relieve depression, fatigue and pain of sciatica
- Increase lung capacity to relieve the symptoms of asthma
I know you all know more yoga poses such as Sun Salutation, etc. that help with stretching, breathing and strengthening our bodies. Obviously don’t overdo and if you feel pain ease off. Good luck and keep me “posted” on what you do to keep your back and body strong.
Happy Workout Everyone!