Back Yourself Up
If you persistently badger your partner for back rub relief, your back likely could use a little preventative TLC. This morning, new guest contributor Jules shares some great tips for how to back yourself up:
“We all know how vital it is to exercise regularly, but many of us don’t realize how important it is to work each and every one of our muscles. Many women neglect working the back muscles because, aesthetically, most of us are more concerned with our thighs or abs. But, the muscles in our backs are overworked and overused, even though we don’t often know it. A strong back will reduce back pain, protect you from some potential back injuries, and improve posture (a quick way to look like your lost a few pounds!). In addition, a strong back helps us with the undeniable activities of daily living: picking up the kids, carrying groceries, and overall flexibility and strength. While it can be challenging to tone what you can’t see when you look in the mirror, it is worth your health (and that sexy strapless dress) to take the time on your back that you take on your front. Be sure to consult your physician before beginning any work out program. Try these to exercises at home to begin (you can buy a stability ball at any fitness stores and at many chain stores like Kmart or Target):
These exercises should be performed up to three, non-consecutive days a week."
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