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Watching Football? Keep Your Spine Healthy with These Tips!

The Importance of Proper Posture and Body Mechanics

football gameAs the temperatures cool down in Franklin, it’s time to kick off the fall season with some football action. But before you settle in to enjoy the game, let’s start with some general advice on maintaining proper posture and body mechanics. These tips can help reduce the risk of spine-related issues during the football season.

Sitting Pretty—Tips for Maintaining Good Posture

Whether at the stadium, a sports bar, or watching from the comfort of your home, sitting for extended periods can take a toll on your spine. To stay spine-healthy, remember to:
  • Avoid Slouching—resist the temptation to slouch. Be conscious of your posture, and try to sit up straight, with your shoulders back.
  • Stay Active During Breaks—Take a quick break from the game during commercial breaks or timeouts. Get up, move around, and maybe even do light stretching or jumping jacks to stimulate blood flow.
  • Choose the Right Furniture—if you’re watching from home, make sure your seating choice offers good lumbar support. Avoid sinking into soft, plush furniture that encourages poor posture.

Hydration Matters

Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining the health of your spine and overall well-being. Both adults and children should prioritize water consumption, especially during a football event. Here are some suggestions when you need to quench your thirst:

  • When you’re thirsty, reach for water. Sugary drinks may initially quench your thirst but can lead to increased dehydration over time.
  • While recommendations vary, a good rule of thumb for adults is to aim for four to eight glasses of water per day. Children should also drink water regularly.
  • Avoid sugary energy drinks and sodas, which can be dehydrating. Water is the best choice for maintaining proper hydration.

Enjoy Football Season More

Commit to prioritizing your spinal health this season while you cheer for your favorite team. Whether at the stadium or watching from home, remember the importance of good posture, keeping active during breaks, and staying hydrated with water. These simple steps go a long way in ensuring you have a spine-healthy fall full of exciting football action.

Take a Timeout

If it’s been a while since you had a spinal checkup, schedule an appointment with us to ensure your spine is ready for fall activities. Call us today!


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