If you haven't heard of "good mornings," I'm pretty sure they're about to become your new favorite thing. The exercise can be done banded or with a bar, but both bring on the same benefits: a stronger lower back and toned hamstrings. And if you're going to be sitting all day—the worst thing for your lower back—doing a few reps will keep your body feeling its best, even when you're stuck at your desk for hours.
How to do "good mornings":
- Stand on a looped band with your feet hip-width apart and toes pointed straight ahead.
- Squat down, put the band around your neck so it's sitting on your traps, and stand straight back up.
- Keeping your shoulders pulled back, core tight, and knees slightly bent, slowly push your hips back as you bend forward into a nearly 90-degree angle. Once you reach the top, squeeze your butt. Perform 3 sets of 8 to 12 reps.
Before working out, start with this warm-up that will take you straight back to elementary school recess. Then if you want a quickie sweat session, go for this 9-minute Pilates workout that targets every muscle in your core.
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