Focus on good posture to help maintain a neutral spine.
  • Throughout your day’s activities, maintain a neutral spine and avoid twisting.
  • Stand up and lift your chin slightly. Your ears, shoulders, hips, and knees should all be aligned, creating a plane that should not twist.
  • Maintain this alignment while exercising, resting, working, etc.
  • Don’t slouch when standing or sitting.
  • When sitting in a chair, support your lower back and keep your feet flat on the floor.

Another bonus:  a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology found that subjects who were told to sit up straight with good posture gave themselves higher ratings and had more self-confidence on a given task than those who were told to slouch.

Read more about the importance of posture and how to improve yours!