Karel Curras

Awareness promotes balance

Healthy Habits to Adopt

When standing

- Stand symmetrically (with the weight of your body on both feet)

When sitting

- Don't cross your legs or ankles

- Keep both feet flat on the floor

- Slide back in the chair; Don't sit on the edge of your seat

- Sit upright (your ears should be parallel with your shoulders)

- Read or watch TV in a reclining or upright position

- Keep your computer monitor and keyboard in front of you

- Make sure the monitor is above eye level so that your neck does not  flex to forward

When sleeping

- Sleep on your back, if possible

- If you sleep on your side, keep your top leg behind your bottom leg

- Keep your pillow touching the trapezius muscle

- When getting out of bed, roll onto your side and push off the mattress with your elbow or hand

When driving

- Steer with both hands (hold the wheel at the bottom for better posture)

- Keep your left leg stretched out and on the foot support

- Keep right foot straight and not turned out

When carrying or lifting an object

- Bring objects closer to you before lifting them

- Use your thighs and legs, not your back, to lift

- Avoid lifting your arms more than 90 degrees repetitively to avoid injury

- When carrying objects, keep them close to your center of gravity

- Bend your knees when picking objects off the floor

Other habits to adopt

- When rotating, pivot but don't twist your torso, or your body

- Remove bulky or inflexible objects, such as wallets from pant pockets 

- Wear loose-fitting clothes so circulation does not decrease nor stagnate

- Stretch daily, holding the stretch for 3 seconds and repeating it 10 times

- Take your body weight and divide it by two; the number you get, are the ounces of water your body needs

- Become aware of your body posture in your activities of daily living

- Remember to make time to log what you are eating seldomly; it will bring awareness to certain allergies and/or health issues you may be having

- Smile frequently; its free and it changes the temperature of your brain