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Working from home while dealing with a foot injury has been pretty hard for my body. I sit at a computer all day, but I can't get loose with workouts, walking, or running the way I'm used to. Even low-impact workouts like yoga have been tough to do consistently. From the start, it's been rough from a mental health perspective (cooped up in my house and I can't work out?!), but after almost four months, my body started to feel the pain too.

It was worst in my lower back. Sitting at my desk, I could just feel my back locking up; even arching my spine caused a sharp pain. It hurt, and it was scary — I'd never had back pain before, and my regular workout routine, the one thing I thought might help, was off-limits. My options seemed limited, but just putting up with this until my foot healed was not going to work.

Sometimes my foot felt OK enough to do gentle yoga, and that's how I found out that a few key stretches did wonders for my stiff back muscles. The best part? None of them put pressure on my foot, so I could do them even when the injury was acting up. I picked out the poses that gave me the most release and created a five-minute stretching sequence to do at night, after a long day at the computer, and first thing in the morning, to loosen me up foRead More – Source

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