Our Monday Move is not about abs or a flat stomach. It is about understanding that your “fake-it-till-you-make-it-flat-tummy” AND the health of your lower back and hips is just a hamstring stretch away!
Step 1: Draw your leg up into a hamstring stretch while laying on the floor, or stand and leaning over a bench to stretch your waist and leg, or sit with one leg crossed over the other for the top of the hamstring. You automatically enable your hips to open and your abdominals to turn on. See the photos below for help.
Step 2: If you are on the floor, breath out as you bring your leg up to stretch it, and press your spine as much as possible into the floor. If you are standing with your leg on a bench, follow this with pressing your spine against a wall to flatten it, and try to flatten your tummy.
Rationale: When your hamstrings are tight, they pull your lower back into an arched position. At the very least, it doesn’t look pretty from the front, as the stomach pokes out and appears more distended. Also, when your stomach is poking out, you can’t USE the muscles in the abdominal column, so you will end up with more fat build-up. Worst case scenario? When you can’t use the abdominal column, lower back and hip pain are just one step away.
So, get a smaller stomach, more lower back and abdominal support, and looser legs in one fell swoop.
Happy Monday from your MineFit Head Coach,