Step away from the screen
It shouldn’t be a surprise that slouching in front of your television, computer screen, or video game console is bad for your back. The spinal consequences can start early. While more research is needed, scientists in the journal Ergonomics have found several studies linking video games to higher risk of back pain among children.
Make an effort to limit the time that you, and your kids, spend gaming. Practice good posture while you play and take regular breaks. Most importantly, swap out some of your screen time for more physically active activities.
Adjust your office ergonomics
Video games and television aren’t the only things that have Americans stuck to screens. Many people spend long days working at desks, hunched over computers. If you don’t practice proper ergonomics at work, your back, neck and shoulders may suffer.
To improve your workstation, position your computer monitor at eye level, at least 20 inches away from your face. Invest in a comfortable chair with armrests and good lower back support. Keep your head and neck in line with your torso, your shoulders relaxed. While you work, keep elbows close to your body, and your forearms and wrists parallel to the floor.
Shed excess pounds
Extra weight means extra stress on your body. If you carry excess fat in your belly or breast region, the strain on your back is likely to be worse.
Take steps to lose excess weight. For most people, that means exercising more and cutting calories from your diet. Your doctor can help you develop a safe and sustainable eating plan and fitness routine.