2-Second Health Tune-up: Check Your Posture!
- Experts advise that when reclining, lie flat with your knees slightly bent. When sitting for long periods of time, such as when driving, working on a computer, or sitting on a plane, make sure your back has proper lumbar support.
- Don’t bend forward at the neck when reading or working on the computer. Instead, prop your book or magazine up on a pillow or desktop and keep your computer screen face level.
- When carrying bags or bulky items, try to equally distribute the weight on both sides of your body, so you’re not thrown off unbalanced to either side.
- When standing idly, avoid slouching. Standing straighter helps support your full weight, taking strain off your discs.
- Work on your abs. When your stomach muscles are stronger, you can help avoid back injuries, by bending at your knees and holding in your abs when lifting.