This exercise is called the “good morning” because of the movement that resembles the rise out of bed. This movement works the lower back, hamstrings, and glutes. You can vary the exercise by how much you bend your knees. The straighter they are, the more the hamstrings are utilized. The more your knees are bent, the more your glutes are worked.
Here’s how to complete the exercise:
- Stand with both feet on a resistance band, about hip-width apart. Hold one end in each hand by your sides, palms facing in toward each other. This is the starting position.
- Keeping a soft bend in your knees, hinge forward at the hips and push your butt back as you fold your torso forward. Stop when your torso is about parallel to the floor. You may not be able to lower that far, it depends on your hamstring flexibility- don’t force the movement.
- Then, drive your hips forward as you lift your torso back up and return to the starting position. Squeeze your glutes at the top. This is 1 rep- work towards completing 12-15 reps for one full set. Complete 2-3 sets.
- As you go through this motion, ensure that you maintain a straight back.
Please speak to your provider before starting any new exercise regimen.
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