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Five Things You Can do to Improve Your Spine Health

We do our best to stay healthy, but most of us neglect our spine’s health, even though it literally carries most of the weight.

  • Perfect your posture. Slouching or leaning forward when you sit can create increased pressure on the spinal discs and thus excess wear and tear over time, leading to muscle tension in your back and your neck. Be more aware of your posture and get a lumbar roll to help position your lower back in slight extension while you sit for prolonged periods.
  • Think before lifting. When moving something heavy, clear a path, assess the load, bend at the knees and lift with your legs rather than your back.
  • Stretch out. Sitting in one position for too long can cause muscle fatigue, strain and tension. Take breaks to move and stretch.
  • Reconsider your footwear. They look pretty, but high heels can throw off your posture and spine alignment. A chunky, supportive heel that’s 2- to 2.5-inches high is optimal.
  • Get moving. As adults, we’re not as naturally fit and flexible as we were, so make time for cardiovascular exercise and strength training to support your spine—and the muscles that support it.

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