Weightlifting & Exercise/lower back and thighs


Can you give me a couple of stretches or exercises for my situation? My lower back gets tight from driving all day, and this is compounded by my belly pulling my back forwards.
What happens is, when standing, I am unable to lift my knees straight up verticly without having them splay out to the side. When I try to keep them straight I can only get up so far.
Is not so bad except for the fact I coach girls hockey and soccer, and this keeps me from skating and dribbling as well as I could before I got fat and started driving for a living!
Hockey skating crossovers are difficult, and I can no longer juggle a soccer ball, which requires the top of your foot to stay level with the ground.
Thanks for any help!"

Hi Sue I am going to refer you to a site that has a lot of educational information and exercise videos that I believe should help with your situation.  Stretching is not the solution you are looking for.  Good luck.


And here are some videos of the exercises that will help as well:


Good Luck!

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