Mardi Gras Back Exercises- Get Ready For a Great Ride

As we discussed in Tuesday’s post, Mardi Gras is less than 4 weeks away. If you’re riding in a parade, add a few back exercises to your routine now to help prevent injury and enjoy your ride.

Prolonged standing, bending, and reaching all in a very tight space, can really cramp your style and your back. To strengthen your back for the ride try these back exercises:

1) Active trunk extension: Lie on your stomach over a couple pillows. Hold your arms back to your sides, lift your head and shoulders as if arching your back. Hold for 5 seconds and return to flat. repeat for 10 repetitions.

2) Quadraped arm and leg raises: Assume a hands and knees position. Keep your back very flat as you raise one arm and the opposite leg. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times on each side.

3) Single arm hip hinge: Hold a small weight in your right hand. Stand on your Left leg and bend forward hinging only at the hip. Return to an upright position. Repeat 10 times on each leg.

Mardi Gras will be here before you know it, so prepare now! To reduce injury, decrease post-parade pain, and enjoy your ride, begin these great parade prep exercises today.

If you have any questions about your exercise routine, give us a call!