The Coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay at home and work remote.

Avoid these 5 everyday habits that may be causing your back pain

Staying at home during the lockdown has brought along new habits, which carried new pains. You can continue with your home office and duties safely and free of back pain if you adopt these recommendations.

The Coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay at home and find new ways of working, studying, and teaching. Not only were some rooms transformed into offices, but also bodies have experienced some changes. As most homes aren’t equipped with a comfortable desk and appropriate work chairs, most people have been sitting for hours in different spots that aren’t adequate for their postures. After a few months, backs have begun aching. Here are some measures to prevent it. 

1. 1. Check your mattress

Poor sleep quality is associated with acute back pain.

Poor sleep quality is associated with acute low back pain and affects daily activities. As you don't rest adequately, your body doesn't get enough recovery during the nights. You should check your mattress and your pillows. If you notice depression or a dip in any of them, you should replace them. Mattresses should be soft enough to accommodate your body shape, but solid enough to support your weight without deforming.

2. 2. Avoid working in bed

In bed, place an additional pillow behind your lumbar spine

While using your laptop, you may sink into a semi-reclined position, which can stress your lower back. If you really like to work that way, place an additional pillow behind your lumbar spine to maintain your natural back curve and avoid these pains.

3. 3. Sit properly on your couch

To protect your lower back, you should have solid support there.

You may have watched a lot of series during this time. Although your couch might feel comfortable, try not to sink into it. To protect your lower back, you should have solid support there, which is the opposite of what your couch is offering you.

4. 4. Check your sports shoes

A good footprint helps a good body position

An indoor workout is a good idea if you want to exercise your body and stay fit in spite of the lockdown. However, if your sports shoes are old they can cause more pain than benefits. The shoe needs to have good arch support to prevent your feet from rolling in as you stand and move. A good footprint helps a good body position, meaning the right alignment of your legs, hips, and back. 

5. 5. Don't bake barefoot

Avoid hunching over counters while baking.

Having more free time has encouraged people to cook more, but many have suffered unexpected back pain after a couple of hours in the kitchen. The reason could be the lack of shoes, because standing on a hard surface for long periods of time can cause your back to ache. The solution is very simple: you can sit on a high bench while you bake or you can wear good shoes. Additionally, always be aware to keep a good posture and avoid hunching over counters!

Nick Connelly

Though he spent most of his time on camera, covering major sports events, Nick’s life-long dream was to become a sports columnist. Today, Nick researches and covers workout routines, exercise-related tips and tricks and sports diets. In need of an effective training routine? Look no further than Nick’s articles.+ info

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