10. Exercise Your Core Muscles

Core Muscles

The core muscles include the abdominal muscles, the oblique muscles that run along the sides of your body, and the muscles that run along your spine. Strong core muscles mean your body can rely on those muscles. Core-strengthening exercises include planks, side planks, and the upward dog.

9. Evaluate Your Posture

good posture

Good posture helps to prevent or combat strain on your back caused by gravity. Slouching puts unnecessary strain on your spinal column by moving bones and joints out of alignment. To stand with proper posture, keep your feet about shoulder-width apart with knees slightly bent and your weight centered on the balls of your feet. Stand straight and tall with your stomach tucked in, shoulders back, and head level.

8. Try Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation

A lot of our physical health is related to our mental health. Anxiety, depression, and stress all take a toll on the body and can result in tense muscles. Taking time to relax and clear your mind can do wonders for your body, including your back. Progressive muscle relaxation is one way to relax your mind, body, and muscles. In either a seated position or lying down, tense one group of muscles at a time, starting with your feet. Tense the muscles for five to 10 seconds while slowly inhaling, then exhale and release the muscles. Move up the body, tensing and relaxing each group of muscles, ending with the face.


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