Lower back soreness, stiffness, ache and injury are commonplace these days. With these 3 assessment based exercises you can test your lower backs robustness at home.
If you flunk all 3 tests lower back discomfort or injury maybe imminent. If you can comfortably perform each test chances are your pretty decent.
Just take care on the final exercise if you have any knee issues. Below I've described why each test is important.
Test 1 - Crossed Leg Seating
As a young school pupil we spent hours in this position, however as an adult few people have the ability to get knees close to the floor. Imagine the discomfort in the lower back if we had to listen to the head teacher ramble on now!
This test simply highlights hip flexion, adduction and external rotation range of motion (don't worry if these words make no sense). This is essentially the bottom position of a squat, or the start position of a sumo deadlift, or the shape you create to pick pretty much anything up off the floor.
If you think sitting on the floor cross legged is only for kids, think again, it's also for your dear lower back. Which let's be honest is pretty damn important too.