Got back pain? Who doesn't these days. In fact, about 8 out of 10 people suffer from back pain at some point throughout their lives.
Here are 5 easy tips that will help prevent back pain in the first place so you might be one of those lucky 2 out of 10 peeps who never have issues.
Eat more broccoli! The veggie is loaded with vitamin K, which Japanese researchers have discovered helps calcium deposit in the bones to make them denser.
Don't carry so much weight! If your backpack or briefcase is more than 10% of your body weight, it's TOO HEAVY! Get something with wheels if you absolutely need to be carrying that much weight, otherwise consider sticking to the essentials.
Sleep tight, but sleep right. Some people think a hard bed is better for your back, however a study in Spine has found that those sleeping on softer beds reported less lower-back pain than those sleeping on harder ones.
Make sure your pillow isn't raising your head out of alignment with your spine too! If you sleep on your back, don't let your pillow press your chin into your chest. If you sleep on your side, your head shouldn't curve up toward your shoulder.
Work those abs! A strong core will help protect your back from injuries.
Don't slouch at your desk! Your parents told you to sit up straight for a reason — it's good for your back! Sit with your back against your chair and feet flat on the floor to start. Strengthen your posture even more by ditching the chair all together and sitting straight up on a stability ball.
If you're interested in testing the waters with this technique, practitioners recommend starting slow and sitting for 20 minutes at a time to gradually build up to being able to sit like this for 8 hours.
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