Our Physical Therapist, Susan Vogt, MSPT, CFMT offers some quick tips for the youngsters in your life. Although children are able to bend like a noodle, teaching them at a young age to keep their bodies strong and flexible will create good habits for a lifetime.
Dos & Don’ts:
- DO stand and sit tall like a balloon is gently lifting your body up in the air.
- DO play and exercise to keep your body strong and fit. Ride a bike, climb trees and hang off the monkey bars.
- DO practice your alignment everyday (keeping good posture and your bones stacked where they should be so your muscles don’t have to do more work).
- DO NOT “W-Sit” or “Criss-Cross-Apple-Sauce”, whatever you want to call it. This will turn your hips in a direction that can cause pain.
- DO NOT carry more than 10 lbs in your backpack. Try to only take books that you need for the day. Backpack weight should be 10-20% of your body weight. Your parents or teachers can help you figure this out as you get bigger.
This applies to grown-ups too. It’s never too late to start practicing these good habits. Better yet, work together as a family so kids, Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, all maintain healthy body alignment and posture. Below are some examples of exercises that will make it even easier to keep a strong and flexible body.