Many factors will contribute to a bad back during this enforced time at home: Are you spending more time in the garden or doing DIY? Are you spending more time walking the dog? I know I am! Or are you spending more time sitting around either home schooling your kids or watching TV or doing your normal desk job at the kitchen table? Or doing an essential job working longer hours? And stress of course contributes to back pain. Whatever it is here are a few simple exercises to help stretch out the low back.

Lie on your back and gently hug 1 knee into your chest and hold for 20 seconds, repeat on the other side and then take both together and with them hugged into the chest do a gentle circular movement 7x one way and then the other.

Go onto all 4’s and sit back on your heels stretching your arms out in front of you. In this position walk your hands 1 way and then the other to feel a nice stretch down either side.

Try stretching out your hamstrings. Stand with your weight through the back leg and put your heel down on the front leg and stick bottom out. You should feel a stretch in the back of the front leg. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.