Don’t have a Valentines this 14 February, or have too much love to give? Why not share that love with something that is there for us day in and day out, who supports us no matter what, who never judges, and always lifts us up? Your SPINE!
With our spines being there for us through the first dates to the heart breaks, it’s important we remember to give back to our spine and show it some love by following these easy and simple tips!
- Practice good posture – Whether in the office, on the couch or in a movie theatre, make sure you are practicing good posture by maintaining your spine’s natural curve. This can be done by holding your head up with your chin parallel to the floor, keeping your shoulders back and relaxed, and keeping your feet flat on the floor. This will help relieve the stress that poor posture causes to the body by preventing slouching or hunching. The habit might not come easy at first, but like any good relationship it takes time.
- Stay active – Take your spine on a nice date by going for a brisk walk or a swim at the beach. Not only is exercise great for your entire body, but it also helps keep your spine flexible and strong. It’s also important to move throughout the day by standing up and walking around the room when seated for long periods or taking the stairs up to work. Every little bit will help build a better relationship between you and your spine.
- Lift responsibly – Our spines not only help carry us but support us while we lift heavy objects as well. Before lifting those dozens of roses make sure to give a second thought to your lifting technique. When lifting keep the object as close to your body as you can, bend at the knees instead of the waste to lessen the strain on your back, use both hands and slowly stand up, keeping your back straight.
Don’t wait for one day a year to show your spine how much you love it. Your amazing spine should be cared for and looked after every day by implementing these small lifestyle habits.
If you need some advice on how to improve your spinal health visit your local ACA chiropractor for more information, and we hope you and your spine enjoy a lovely Valentine’s Day together.