Exercise of the Week #33 Standing Cats and Dogs


Standing Cats and Dogs

Standing Cats and Dogs is a great move that can be done at anytime when your back starts to feel tight. It is a great option for anyone who spends a lot of time at a desk or if you are doing prolonged periods of standing. Try to do this a few times an hour to break up the constant demands of sitting and standing to help keep your spine and hips flexible and in better alignment.

4 Comments on this post


  1. eric said:

    If I stand around for a long time my back starts to ache. Loren, can you explain why this happens? I think this would be a good move to help with that

    October 10th, 2009 at 10:24 am
  2. Loren said:

    This happens to me too, Erik. I definitely know what you’re feeling. Think about the position that your pelvis may be in when you stand. If you have a slight anterior tilt to your hips, then the muscles of your back will most likely have to compensate and work harder to help you stand upright. Standing Cats and Dogs can help neutralize the position of your pelvis by getting full flexion and extension in your hips. Doing this should relieve stress and tension in your back that shouldn’t be there.

    October 10th, 2009 at 1:54 pm
  3. Scott said:

    It does not even have to be an anterior tilt. Any type of poor posture throughout the hips and back can cause stress in your back. It is sad that we fatigue standing but due to our many imbalances that are a byproduct of the environment we live in, it is nearly unavoidable.

    October 10th, 2009 at 4:20 pm
  4. eric said:

    Thank you for the answers. Imbalances are magnified when we are in a position for a long time it seems like

    October 10th, 2009 at 5:31 pm


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