A Healthy Back Means a Strong Foundation Between Abdominal, Back, Pelvic Floor Muscles and a Good Body Awareness at all times without any effort.
A healthy back can be out of balance for many reasons.
If you spend many hours in front of the computer, or driving, or using your cell phone; you will end up with weak abdominal muscles, tight back, rounded shoulder and forward head posture.
If the poor posture is no corrected, you will have back pain or back discomfort, specially from sit to stand after being sitting for more than one hour.
Do you know that chronic back pain is the second leading cause of disability in the world?
Back pain can affect both women and men. Back pain is related to the type of job, level of physical activity, poor body mechanics, or related to psycho-social factors (stress, depression, or anxiety).
What is one of the first symptoms of lower back issues?
The most common symptom for back issues is lower back stiffness. Lower back stiffness is present when they get up from a chair, with getting in/out of the car, or from getting up from a bending position.
If you are dealing with stiffness in your back, your body will be lacking flexibility, mobility, and strength will be decreased.
The best way to keep a healthy back is to follow a daily routine of stretches to improve flexibility, and an exercise program to improve core strength, balance, and postural awareness. Here is a quick way to relieve back discomfort.
Postural awareness means to keep your back upright at all times.
Tips to improve Postural awareness and back health:
- Sitting: stand up every 30 minutes; bring your arms up (like you want to touch the ceiling). Breathe deep and long for 5 times.
- Standing: Put one of your feet on top of a step or stool. A foot on a step while standing contributes to decrease the excess of pressure in your back and improve your posture.
- Make sure that your computer is at your eye level
- Monitor should be positioned at an arm’s length distance
- Rest your eyes frequently by focusing on something at 20 feet away. (How about to see a beautiful tree outside, a bird flying, or a squirrel teasing a dog)
Pay attention to your back next time you sit for more than 30 minutes. Don’t ignore your body asking for a change, or just to move around. You will always have a healthy back if you keep moving!
If you want more healthy tips or have any questions contact Doctor Alexandra at Alexandra@corefityoga.com