By Health Web | January 6, 2020
Let’s spell it out loud and clear: SANTA (Straighten up, Active, Neck long, Take breaks, Action)
Take the S for Straighten up:
Good posture decreases our susceptibility to back pain.
Call on the A for Active:
Eating so much over the festive period requires us to be more active. Get outdoors, go for a walk, take a beach or park run with family and friends.
Sound out the N for Neck long:
Constantly looking down at our phones puts enormous strain on our necks and spines. Create ‘no phone’ policy during the festive period, allowing festive gatherings to be true social occasions. When using your phone bring it to eye level, so your neck is long.
Sing out T for Take breaks:
Christmas is always a busy time putting up decorations, wrapping presents and cooking up Christmas feasts. Our spine often feels the constant strain that we place on our bodies. Ask for help so that you are not doing all the tasks at once or on your own. Allow yourself to take frequent breaks.
Finally move the A into place for Action:
Do some simple movements outside of your repetitive movement zone as demonstrated by Santa. The action of arms out or arms up and a knee lift to the bent elbow is so easy.
Thank you, SANTA