I put my back out on Thursday lifting a box of groceries from outside the front door. It wasn’t a big box but it had squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes and lots of other heavy things in it. On Friday I was hobbling around like an old woman which was very poor timing because I had the day off work and had hoped to do some gardening.
They used to recommend bed rest for a sore back but now they say it’s good to keep moving. I was able to go for a slow run which was somehow easier than walking and I did some exercises which helped. The cat-cow yoga pose was helpful as well as the child yoga pose. I also stood upright and swayed my hips from left to right. But the best thing was to sit in a squatting position.
Squatting is the natural human resting position but unless you live in an African tribe humans have lost the ability to do it beyond childhood because we’ve been trained to sit in chairs. In addition to being an active resting position squatting is also quite good for the back, better than a sitting position in a chair by a long way. This is a squat.
I find it quite hard to do but easier if I put something under my heels. My back is feeling much better today although still twingeing a bit.
Spring is here and I was able to harvest the first of the rhubarb.
It was even warm enough for us to eat dinner in the backyard with our lovely neighbour.
I made rhubarb crumble.
Victoria nearly ate some of my crumble which I left on the ground.
She spent some time basking in the daffodils.
Apparently we’re getting snow on Monday!