Jason Ferruggia Agrees With Me…

Only he doesn’t know it…

Jason Ferruggia is a well known fitness blogger and the chief training advisor for Men’s Fitness magazine. Go figure…

As I was perusing the blog feeds in my Google Reader inbox I happened across an article written by him titled “How To End Lower Back Pain In 5 Minutes Or Less“. It’s a short article and worth the read.

The gist of the article is that some of us who sit down too much during the day will end up with back pain ( I have written about this very thing here, here, and even here).

He writes:

The good news is you can eliminate lower back pain in just five minutes per day.

The first step is stretching your hip flexors. These are the muscles on the very front of your hips. When you spend a lot of time sitting the hip flexors shorten and start to pull on your lower back. This is a very common cause of pain.

To stretch the hip flexors get down in a lunge position with one leg in front of you and the other extended behind you. Keep your torso upright and sink down and forward into the stretch until you feel it in the target area. Hold the position for 30-60 seconds then switch legs.

This is a good stretch. Some of you may not be able to get into a “lunge” position due to your pain or other problems. But, that’s okay. There are a number of other less stressful ways that you can stretch your hip flexors.

One simple way is to place one foot on a high bench or chair “Captain Morgan” style and lunge forward. Another way is to stand in front of a stair case and place your foot up on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th, step with it flat on the step. Naturally this will depend on how long your legs are or how much pain you have.

But, Jason is actually right on target with this advice. If your back pain is due to tight hip flexor muscles, this stretch should solve the problem in no time.

BTW, check out Jason’s blog at http://www.renegadenj.com