1 April 2021

Activate the Long Weekend

While it’s nice to take a break from work or study, it’s important to remember to stay active this long weekend and not be tempted to stay on the couch, eating all the Easter goodies. Why not take advantage of the extra free time to get out and active with friends and family!

Sitting for long periods without a break – whether its catching up on your favourite series, heading on a road trip or lazing by the beach – can affect your postural health, even when you exercise regularly. When you sit for too long and too often, the natural curve in your back deteriorates, increasing pressure in your back and weakening the core stabilising muscles in your back.

To get up and go for a walk is a simple yet fantastic way to boost your activity levels and improve your posture. Regular walking will also build up your core strength, which is an important part of maintaining good posture. Plus it’s a great way to spend time with your loved ones over the long weekend!

If you want to track your walk, then the Just Start Walking app is the perfect tool for you long weekend walks. The app can track, map and save your walks so don’t be afraid to test and challenge yourself on your usual route.

If you still want to get moving while indoors this long weekend, the Straighten Up app is a great way to help take care of your spinal health and wellbeing. The Straighten Up app is your ‘pocket chiropractor’ to help improve your posture by letting you set reminders to receive notifications about sitting right, stretching, taking breaks, drinking water and improving your posture.

The 3-minute stretching program on the app is also designed to help improve your spinal health, stabilise core muscles and enhance overall wellbeing, and can be performed any time, anywhere.

So as tempting as it will be, make the most of this long weekend and help improve you spinal health along the way with the assistance of the Just Start Walking and Straighten Up app! Both available for free from the App Store and Google Play.

If you want some help on implementing positive lifestyle habits , or want to help improve your spinal health and overall wellbeing, then consider an ACA chiropractor who can provide you with lifestyle advice, assistance and tailored care.

To find your local ACA chiropractor, visit findachiro.org.au