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On Your Feet? What It Does to Your Spine

April 22, 2011

There are lots of reasons for being on your feet for hours at a time: parties or clubbing that goes on till late, singing in choir, working in retail or a factory line.

However it happens, the result is likely to be the same. Your back is killing you!

If you know you’ll be standing for a long time, choose comfortable shoes. Put one foot up on a step occasionally to rest. Stretch your legs and feet. Move as much as possible, even if only from one foot to another.

When you get home, your inclination may be to plop down on the sofa. Go ahead, but be sure to take some time to stretch out, too.

Above all, remember that just about everything that affects your body affects your spine. Your weight, your exercise routine, your sleeping habits — the spine is so integral to your body functioning that everything you do has an effect on your spine health. That means that taking care of your overall health will help when you have to be on your feet all day (or night).

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