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!
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.