The iHunch or text-neck, call it what you will, it is still plain old bad posture and can literally be a pain in the neck. The reason for including this topic is that the “condition” appears to be getting worse and it is not isolated to the under 30 crowd. I know this may not seem like the latest news; however considering the numerous Pinterest boards, I can’t be far off base. More people than ever are texting and reading on their cell phones.

We know that good posture is necessary for avoiding undue stress on the spine — actually all muscles and joints — and to aid in better breathing and digestion. We should all take a moment every day to check our posture and to remind those around us why good posture is so important. If we all practice the healthy habits of bone health each week, they will become an automatic, natural part of our lives.

So what’s good posture? I think the Mayo clinic has an excellent description: When you’re standing, keep your chest held high and your shoulders back and relaxed. Try not to tilt your head forward, backward or sideways. Pull in your abdomen and buttocks. Make sure your knees are relaxed, not locked. Keep your feet parallel and your weight balanced evenly on both feet… ahhhh, doesn’t that feel great?!

If looking and feeling good is not enough, then consider the dangers of texting and walking. Research shows that we tend to walk slower and less efficiently. It can increase the chances of not looking carefully before crossing the street, getting in harm’s way of a car, running into a tree and most importantly we could fall and fracture a bone. Give your back a break for goodness sake.

Bone Healthy Recipe

Black-eyed peas with collard greens

Black-eyed peas with collard greens. Not only is this recipe easy and great tasting; it is also gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and contains a calcium, potassium, copper, magnesium, and vitamin K among other nutrients!

Revised: 02/18/2019

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