BAKE UP A BET­TER BACK

Don’t let hol­i­day bak­ing sea­son turn into bad-back sea­son. Be­fore you break out the rolling pin, try a few back-strength­en­ing moves.

Allrecipes - - Mixer - By Cait­lyn Di­imig

The most com­mon in­jury among cooks is low-back pain, says Dr. Karena Wu, phys­i­cal ther­a­pist at Ac­tiveCare Phys­i­cal Ther­apy in New York. A bak­ing en­thu­si­ast her­self, Wu treats many pro­fes­sional chefs, in­clud­ing Wylie Dufresne. When you’re on your feet for marathon bak­ing ses­sions, you need strong mus­cles to sup­port you. “Re­cruit­ing your deep ab­dom­i­nal mus­cles and mak­ing an ac­tive ef­fort to stand with good up­right pos­ture helps to sup­port the body,” Wu says. “En­gag­ing these pos­tural mus­cles as you stand and move helps you main­tain the bal­ance of flex­i­bil­ity, sta­bil­ity, and strength—and avoid back pain.”

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