Winter can be a dreary time of the year. The days are shorter, the mornings are sometimes unbearable and the trees are looking a little sparse, but that doesn’t mean you have to give your spine the cold shoulder.
Common sedentary winter activities like staying inside your house, curling up on the couch and binging your favourite show may seem harmless but could be having a negative impact on your spine and posture.
Long periods of time sitting with poor posture and inactivity can put stress on your body. These awkward positions including slouching and hunching over, not only affect the appearance of your spine but can lead to the deterioration of your spinal health over time, causing pain and decreasing flexibility.
Although your spinal health may be the last thing you think about when you’re trying to stay warm, your spine supports you not only through winter but all year round, so during these chilly months, give your spine that extra bit of TLC and practice these positive posture tips:
- If you’re staying cosy on the couch be sure to take breaks, stand up, stretch and walk around before starting the next episode.
- Keep yourself warm at home by keeping active and completing some simple household chores while watching you favourite movie. Fold the clothes that have been piling up or dust off the TV cabinet to get a better view.
- No matter where you are, correct sitting is important for good posture. Make sure to hold your head up with your chin parallel to the floor, keeping your shoulders back and relaxed, and keeping your feet flat on the floor.
- Download the Straighten Up app!
The Straighten Up app is your pocket chiropractor and is the perfect tool to help you maintain your spinal health and overall wellbeing. Use the app to set reminders prompting you to sit right, take breaks and stay hydrated.
The app also features a three-minute stretching program especially designed to improve spinal health, stabilise core muscles and enhance health. Use the Find a Chiropractor feature on the app to find your local ACA chiropractor, who can help you maintain your spinal health and posture.
For more information on maintaining your spinal health and to find an ACA chiropractor in your area click here.