Do you ever find yourself thinking or saying that when it comes to your back?
If so, I can totally relate.
I spend a lot of time in front of my computer, plus I travel quite a bit, and we all know how uncomfortable those airplane seats can be! So I often feel like my back is in need of some extra TLC.
I strongly believe that taking care of our backs is of the utmost importance (especially as we age) because without a healthy back, it's tough to do all of the things we need to do each day.
So to help you do just that, here are 5 tips to keep you keep your back in tip top shape:
1) Stand Up & Stretch At Least Once an Hour
If you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk, time can fly by without you realizing that you haven't moved in hours! To avoid aches and pains, it's important to get up and move around. At least once an hour, stand up and stretch, touch your toes or try to touch the sky. You may even want to consider setting a timer on your cell phone or computer to remind you to do this once every 60 minutes!
2) A Long Sock Filled with Rice Grains
This might sound weird, but for this you'll need:
- A long tube sock
- Dry rice
Fill up the sock with rice and tie a knot on the end.
Then, whenever your shoulders or upper back feel tight, place it in the microwave for 60 seconds, and then place it on your upper back or around your neck. Then, sit and relax while the soft heat works to release any tension in your muscles.
This is a great little homemade heating pad that will costs you next to nothing, and it stays warm for quite a while!
3) Drink Lots of Water!
The discs between the vertebrae in your spine are made up of a jelly-like substance, which is 90 percent water.
Drinking a good amount of water each day will not only help you flush toxins out of your body -- it can also help keep these discs plump, which can stave off a backache!
Try to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day if you can. Better yet, get a large water bottle and bring it with you as you go about your day to help you stay hydrated!
4) Hang Out - Rag Doll!
Rag Doll s is a great, relaxing yoga pose (and it's super simple).
Simply stand up with a slight bend your knees, then simply fold your upper body over your thighs and let your arms and your head dangle. Let gravity do all the work.
If you'd like to release even more tension, you can nod your head up and down. Trust me - this feels SO GOOD if you've been in the same position sitting at a desk all day!
5) Lie Down on the Ground
If your back is hurting you, one of the best remedies is right below your feet!
At the end of a busy day, find a quiet spot at home and lie face up on the floor for 5 or 10 minutes. This is another way to use gravity to naturally decompress your spine and will give all of the muscles in your upper and lower back a much-needed rest.
Implement just one or two of these tips each day, and you'll soon begin to enjoy a happier, healthier, ache-free back!
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*The Mind Movies team has updated this post on November 26th, 2018 to include the latest information for our readers.*
Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.