Maintaining a healthy back is something we all take for granted nowadays, and what with office jobs, smoking, being overweight and generally just being more sedentary than our parents’ generation, it can be difficult keeping our backs at their best.
To make sure you’re not left behind, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to keep your back feeling great and functioning like a dream:
• Sit up straight
The way we sit and stand during the day can have a major effect on the health of our backs. Not slouching and paying attention to our posture, particularly when working at a desk, can ensure our spines are properly aligned and minimise the potential for developing back pain.
• Make sure you’re lifting properly
When lifting anything, particularly heavy objects, you must be careful not to lift with your back. Bending at the knees rather than your hips and letting your legs take the majority of the strain will distribute weight more evenly across your body and prevent any undue stress from damaging your spine.
• Move around
It’s important to take regular breaks and have time away from your desk if you work in front of a computer. This not only protects your eyes from strain caused by glare but also gives you the chance to stretch your muscles.
• Check your bed
You’re probably aware of just how much your sleep plays a part in the health of your back, but you’d be surprised just how many people use the wrong pillow for their sleeping position. If you’re a side sleeper, use a side-sleeping pillow to properly align your head and neck with the rest of your body – the same goes for back sleepers using back-sleeper pillows!
• Stay hydrated
It is generally advised that you stay hydrated, but it’s essential for the health of your back! Drinking plenty of water will keep your joints and muscles supple.
There are lots of other ways in which you can maintain a healthy, happy back that we haven’t covered here, so if you’ve found one that you think’s worth sharing, let us know in the comment section below.