YOUR LOWER BACK ARCHES

THE PROB­LEM

Women's Health (UK) - - BEST BODY -

As you deepen into your squat, your spine looks more like half of a U than an I – well be­yond a nat­u­ral curve in your back. The stress on your spine in this po­si­tion (es­pe­cially if you add weight) may in­crease your risk of disc in­juries.

THE CAUSE

Ugh, tight hips strike again.

But this time it’s com­bined with tense lats – the mus­cles around the sides of your back. The two is­sues com­bined pro­duce an­te­rior pelvic tilt, in which your hips ro­tate for­ward, jut­ting out your belly and curv­ing your spine.

THE FIX

At least twice a week, strengthen your core with planks and make time to foam-roll your lats.

Ly­ing on your side with a roller un­der your armpit, roll your body up and down. Yes, it will hurt, but in a good way.

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