As we sleigh into the hustle and bustle of the Christmas period, our days are filled with festive celebrations, decorating, shopping, and endless running around – we mustn’t forget to look after our spinal health in those long, exciting days! Here are some fantastic tips to ensure your spinal health remains at its peak.
1. Stretch it Out: In the midst of the festive chaos, put aside some time between activities to take a break to complete some stretches. This helps keep your posture upright, your spine healthy and your mind rejuvenated!
2. Lift Smart: If you’re lifting heavy presents, decorations, and shopping, remember to bend your knees and keep the items close to your body to avoid back strain.
3. Posture Check: Whether you’re wrapping Christmas gifts or cooking up a festive feast, be mindful of your posture. Stand straight and avoid slouching.
4. Ease The Stress: Christmas can be a stressful time! Practice stress management techniques like meditation or breathing exercises to keep your mind and spine at ease.
5. Stay Hydrated: With all the running around throughout December, hydration is key! Keep a water bottle by your side and sip your way to spinal health.
6. Regular Exercise: Although it’s a busy time, regular exercise, even a brisk walk, can help maintain your spinal health and wellness. Set aside some time each day to stretch those legs and get some fresh air!
7. Quality Sleep: With many late-night Christmas events and early starts, it’s important to get the sleep our bodies need to maintain our health. Make sure your mattress and pillows are supporting your spine.
8. Consult A Chiro: Don’t wait for the new year to start your health resolutions! Book an appointment with your local ACA chiropractor and give your spine the care it deserves during the festive season! Chiropractors can also provide you with lifestyle advice to help improve your spinal health and overall wellbeing. To find your local ACA chiropractor visit findachiro.org.au.
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!