lower back stretch

Illustration: David Wyffels

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Stretch #2: Trunk Rotation

Do it if: You're really stiff in your torso, lower back and hips. If you're into trendy rowing classes, this can relieve tightness in the trunk that comes from the repetitive motion.

1. Sit in a chair or on a bench and place your hands behind your head with your elbows out, like you'd do during a crunch.
2. Rotate your trunk to the right, going as far as you comfortably can.
3. Once you've reached your farthest point, move your torso up and down like you're bowing, to really feel the stretch in your ribcage. If you're tight in your lower back and hips, you'll feel it there too. Return to center and repeat on your left side.