Last month Senior Fitness Specialist LynnAnn Covell demonstrated how to stand for spine stabilization. Many of you told us how much you appreciated the information, so today LynnAnn is demonstrating a must-know exercise that will strengthen your lower backs. One of the most effective exercises for making the low back stronger — and subsequently making things like bending down to tie your shoes much easier — is called the I-T-Y. This exercise, which looks just like it sounds, can be done on a chair, the floor or a Fitball®.
Most women make their abs a focus, but forget about balancing their ab work with back work. This imbalance results in a weak, often sore, low back – a response much like shin splints that result from building muscles in your calves, but ignoring your shins. If you do pelvic tilts, abdominal crunches and obliques it’s important to strengthen the opposing erector spinae and multifidus. The I-T-Y will strengthen those muscles and help alleviate the pain you may encounter from everyday activities. If you experience stiffness and tightness in your back when you get out of bed in the morning, or if you drive a lot, you will especially benefit from the I-T-Y. Take a look!