Nothing puts a kink in your day like back pain. Whether you are aware of it or not, just about every move you make involves your back in some way, so experiencing pain in this area can be extremely debilitating. Sports aside, tasks as simple as getting groceries or getting out of bed in the morning all engage the back, so it is important to take good care of it. Luckily, there are many, very simple tricks to help you do just that.
The reality of today is that while our backs appreciate movement, a lot of us are working desk jobs and using computers and mobile devices for hours at a time. Because of this, slouching has become an extremely prevalent problem.
Since office work and computers aren’t likely to disappear any time soon, however, it is important to counter-act these tendencies through good posture practices. For example, you can try:
Strong core, strong body – and no, this does not mean becoming a weight lighting champion or doing 500 sit-ups a day. But just as tree branches grow from a stable, supportive trunk, so too is our core the support system whose strength reinforces the rest of our body. And many factors outside of how many pull-ups you can do contribute to this. Keep your core ready for action by:
We hear about the importance training right and keeping good posture all the time, but what about those negligible little everyday things at home that are so routine, we don’t even give them a second thought? You may be tempted to brush them off, but these last few tips are not to be overlooked!
*Tip: while we can’t really control what we do in our sleep, if you find you are turning over onto your stomach in the night, try using a side-sleeper pillow to support yourself and keep your body from rotating fully.