We need a strong core to ‘protect’ ourselves. This yoga sequence will give you the power you need.
Strong abdominal muscles will save you from low back pain. Too often people haven’t got strong abdominal muscles. As a result all the ‘pressure’ comes on their low back, resulting in low back pain. Your abdominal muscles and your back muscles form together your power house, which should protect you from low back pain.
Sexy six pack
That also means one can’t do without the other. Now don’t go working on your abs like crazy, because those people who want to have a ‘sexy six pack’ are training their abdominal muscles every day, without spending any time on training their back muscles. They will have strong abdominal muscles, but not a strong core. You need strong back muscles for that as well. They actually bring themselves out of alignment. By training their abdominal muscles all the time, the muscles become more tight and overtime will pull their upper body forward. Even when they stretch their abs to keep them flexible they are still creating an imbalance in their core, because they are not strengthening their back muscles.
Often people have the idea that when they have tight muscles, they have strong muscles. A lot of people have tight hamstrings, resulting in low back pain. But tight is not strong. Look at gymnast and martial artists: they are among the most flexible people in the world. At the same time they are among the strongest people in the world. Strong and flexible go together. Even better: strong and flexible form a perfect combination.
Working on a strong core
So if you start working on a strong core, make sure you work on your abdominal muscles and your back muscles; the way you’ll do this in this yoga sequence. This one is focusing on the muscles in your low back. Training your muscles in your upper back is an good idea as well. Because of all the work we do behind computers (read: laptops) we’re lengthening the muscles in our upper back all the time. Compensating that with some extra training when you are home, isn’t a bad idea. And when you are in the office, you can always do office yoga.
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