Reading by the pool
“Reading on your tummy and propped up on your elbows hyperextends the back,” explains Siddons. TRY THIS: “If you generally feel pain or discomfort when you bend backwards, avoid this position and read on your side or back instead,” Simmonds advises. And when you are on your back, keep your knees bent. “Lying on your back with your legs flat relaxes the back muscles and makes the vertebrae sink down, which can also make your back ache.”
support to protect the back; this combined with the unpredictable shunts in position at high speed can throw your body into a variety of positions that may irritate your back,” Monteith warns. TRY THIS: “Ideally, back-pain sufferers should avoid roller-coasters. However, if you’re determined to ride, make sure to push your bum as far back into the chair as you can. Buckle up tight and brace your core when the ride starts,” Monteith says.
“Also, keep your eyes open as this allows you to predict the twists and turns of the ride so you can anticipate what’s coming next and brace yourself.”
They’re a summer-BBQ staple, but Gilbert says the fold-up camping chairs can be a nightmare for your back. “You sink into them, which totally changes your lumbar curve,” he explains. “If you then have alcohol, it relaxes the muscles further, all of the support to the back disappears and you may feel pain when you get up.” TRY THIS: If you’re prone to back problems, pick outdoor chairs with a full back and use a cushion to keep your back in its natural curve.