This week’s exercise, the hip bridge, targets the muscles in the lower back, as well as the core muscles. Mobilizing your lower back and core helps build strength and maintain agility. Ultimately, this helps support your spine, and prevents injury.
- Lay flat on your back, with your knees bent and feet flat.
- Lift your hips, maintaining your leg position. Make sure to engage your core.
- Bring your hips up as high as possible to where you could draw a straight line from your knees, to your hips, all the way to your shoulders.
- Hold the position for ten seconds.
- Slowly lower your hips to the starting position.
- Repeat the exercise 8-10 times.
You can also complete the exercise while lifting your heels off the floor, still lifting your hips to create the straight line between your shoulders, hips, and knees.
If at any point you feel pain, stop the exercise immediately. Consult your provider before starting any new exercise regimen.