It seems that there are a large number of activities that need to be done bending forward with a few of them including any work done at a desk, cooking, cleaning, yard work, car maintenance (twisting around inside the cab and having to do work under the hood) along with a slew of other things that will likely come to mind for you. It would take me a day to rattle off all of them.
The point is – for much of the day you are likely bent forward unless you happen to scale telephone poles for a living. I have actually had a patient with this job. Because you happen to be bent forward for most of the day many of the muscles and tissues in the front side of your body get tight and the ones in the backside of your body get over stretched.
One way to help this tendency to be forward bent much of the time is just to be more aware of it and take breaks and time during the day to do the opposite – lean backward and open up the front side of your body. This can be done in many different ways. You can stand and place your hands on your lower back and just lean back. You can lie down on your stomach and push up with your arms and let your back relax. If you have a big exercise ball available you can lie back on the ball (that is a fantastic stretch and feels good – just don’t fall off).
Use your imagination and think how you can lean back in life. This will help your spine and even your shoulders since it will be opening up the entire frontside of your body. It may even help with your digestion or abdominal discomforts if you have any. Try it and see 🙂