August 3, 2005
Health Tip: Keep Good Posture
It can help prevent back problems
(HealthDayNews) -- Correct sitting and standing posture can help prevent back strain, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
When it comes to sitting:
- Sit in chairs with straight backs or low-back support.
- Keep your knees a little higher than your hips. Adjust the seat or use a low stool to prop your feet on.
- While driving, sit straight and move the seat forward.
And here are some standing suggestions:
- When standing for a long period, rest one foot on a low stool to relieve pressure on your lower back.
- Switch the foot you're resting on the stool every five to 15 minutes.
- Keep your ears, shoulders and hips in a straight line, with your head up and your stomach pulled in.