Wonderful Things Happen When You Take Care Of Your Back

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Take care of your back as much as you do your skin
Spine health is so important. Photo via Pixabay.

We have a tendency to neglect the back. Many of us spend a lot of time on our faces, making sure that our skin is well nourished to give us that youthful glow and keep wrinkles at bay. We spend a fortune on makeup to highlight and accentuate the gifts that nature gave us and ensure that we have gorgeous glossy hair to complement the makeup just right. We make sure that we keep our weight under control so that we look great and feel confident, but we neglect one of the most important aspects of our appearance and overall health… Our spine. It’s time to get some backbone!

Take care of your back as much as you do your skin
Spine health is so important. Photo via Pixabay.

Your life is not kind to your spine

The staff at The Spine and Wellness Centers will tell you that modern life is tough on the humble backbone. We spend an inordinate of time sitting at work, at home and on our way back and forth in the car or on public transport. Sitting is a relatively new configuration for the human body (anthropologically speaking) and spending too much time doing it can be ruinous to our health in a number of ways. Even those of us with active lifestyles and who visit the gym regularly can risk serious damage to our spines by lifting heavy weights without warming up properly.

But while life can be unkind to our spinal health, we are not powerless against its effects. Visiting a chiropractor regularly, lifting correctly at the gym, stretching on a daily basis to maintain good spinal flexibility, staying hydrated and making sure that your desk is as ergonomically optimized as possible can benefit you in a number of ways…

You look taller, slimmer and more regal

Nobody benefits from poor posture. Not only does it impede our digestion and increase our risk of heart disease and diabetes, it makes us carry our weight in some seriously unflattering ways. It slumps the shoulders and pushes the belly out, making you look shorter and heavier than you are. Walking and moving with perfect posture, however, makes you look and feel taller and slimmer, allowing you to walk with regal confidence.

You’re better nourished

impede your digestion and prevent you from absorbing all of the nutrients you consume. People with excellent posture, however, are better nourished, using their calories optimally.

You’re more mobile and feel younger

>We all dread getting older, as our decreased mobility prevents us from doing the things that we enjoy and enable us to live a healthy, active and independent life. But while decreased mobility is certainly common in later years, there’s no reason that we should accept it as inevitable. If we look after our spinal health, we can enjoy increased flexibility and mobility even as we reach our 60’s and 70’s.

Looking after your spinal health requires very little commitment or effort yet comes with as lifetime of benefits.

33 COMMENTS

  1. My back gets antsy if I sit too long, so I get up a lot or write while standing up (I even write on my treadmill at a slow pace). As you mention, our back health is so important. A sore back makes for a sore day makes for a sore life.

  2. How true and a post for the converted! Having suffered a year of horrid pain following two slipped discs I avoided surgery by managing my back … and still very careful many years later. I found Alexander Technique incredibly helpful and key to everyday life, sitting, walking, doing chores!

  3. You are right, Christy. I dread getting older and losing mobility. I need to do more than I do. Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂

  4. You can never underestimate taking care of your back, or you will pay dearly later for it.
    Great advise as usual Christy! 🙂

  5. This is so true and I’ve been working on all this. My posture still suffers a lot and I hate the slump in my shoulders and back. Plus it just makes me look lazy and like I lack confidence! And then I think I do lack confidence. Got to do more power poses! I’ve been doing more stretches, but the back definitely needs more work. I think it will improve my digestion and tighten up my core.

  6. Whewee! I know that when I’ve been sitting at the computer too long, my lower back starts to hurt. This is a great reminder to be kind to the spine. LOL. Hope you’ve had a wonderful week, sweet friend! Thank you for all your informative posts.

  7. Yaa very true..backbone is a key factor…imagine a building without pillars…..have been using coccyx cushion while driving and working late on computer…and even started working out a bit planks for a healthy back.😃

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