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.
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.”