Read­ing by the pool

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - HEALTH -

“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.

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