You know it happens. You go on to Netflix and promise yourself that you’ll only watch one episode and get off your butt… One episode turns into two… two turns into three… and before you know it you’re binging.
Or maybe you’ve got a date arranged around an intense TV marathon that’s going to be epic.
Before you decide to set out on a TV show marathon whether it be alone or with your partner, consider taking the right steps to take care of your spine and avoid any pain or injury that may come your way.
- Plank beforehand:
Before committing to your hours of absorbed fun, plank. The plank position helps engage your core muscles and take on the stresses of sitting for long hours. Nothing fancy here, go as long as you can and challenge yourself a bit!
- Sit properly:
Slouching can add additional stress on your back. Reset your posture periodically by backing your butt right back to where the backrest meets the cushion.
- Do NOT kick your feet up:
Kicking your feet just adds more stress to your lower back and encourages slouching. It’s okay to do temporarily but not for an entire episode.
- Stretch it out:
Try out a stretch break every hour. Here are the steps to what’s called the “figure four stretch”.
i) Slide to the edge of your seat
ii) Cross one leg over the other into a figure 4
iii) Sit up tall and feel the stretch in your glutes
iv) Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 3 times on each side
- Break? Get up and move:
Whether you’re going for a bathroom break, refilling your wine or getting some more snacks, every step counts. Periodically, getting up and walking or stretching is an excellent solution to avoiding any back pain and should always be encouraged.
Try these out and impress your date with these helpful tips to take care of your bodies.
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