These three animal-inspired exercises from pediatric physical therapist Rebecca Talmud strengthen and stretch the muscles needed to maintain a strong back.
Bounding Bear: Walk with your hands and feet on the floor, keeping your knees off the ground. This shuffling move stretches the hamstrings, builds shoulder muscles, and enhances overall stability.
Crawling Crab: Scuttle along in a tabletop position, tummy side up, with your backside hovering above the ground. This maneuver boosts upper body strength, as well as shoulder and trunk stability.
Slithering Snake: Lying tummy side down on the floor, use your arms to pull yourself along. This ssss-simple exercise strengthens the upper body, neck, and trunk.