Without a doubt, exercise can be one of your most relaxing activities. If you have a dog, you know what I mean. What does every dog do everyday that involves a very basic exercise? It’s known in yoga as Down Dog. It’s a stretch pose. It releases tension in the lower back while stretching the hamstrings.
Recently, I twisted my my lower back a good one and was locked up and in pain for several days. My son reminded me of the lower back exercises in Tim Ferriss’s book, The Four Hour Body. One of the static exercises is to lay on your back on the floor with knees propped up on a footstool. Arms outstretched on the floor at 45 degree angles with thumbs touching the floor. Just lay there for five minutes allowing your lower back muscle to cool it and relax. The thumbs actually control the alignment in your lower back. That is exercise. By relaxing, I am exercising. Relaxing and aligning allows function.
Garey Simmons, CHC
Garey Simmons is a certified health coach, dietary supplement expert and a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Garey was able to turn his health challenges around in just a few months by using Omega-3 supplements. Garey is a graduate of the New York Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Garey lives in Baltimore, MD and is the father of ten children.