#TaimeOutTip: There are two things I can tell about you right now. Most likely you are reading this article on your smart-phone or on your #computer, and your posture is not the best while you are doing so. Am I right? Your #head is tilted, your #shoulders are rounded and your spine is not upright. Third poor posture is called “Text Neck”, and it is the result of staring down at your screen for half of the day. The adult head weighs about 10 to 12 pounds; tilting your head forward increases the amount of stress—and therefore weight—on your spine.

The average smartphone user spends two to four hours a day staring at their #smartphone or computer— thats over 700 hours a year likely looking down, causing neck stiffness and pain, instead of looking straight up with a more comfortable position that will cause less damage to the spine. When inclined, the head can feel heavier to the neck and shoulders. This also makes your lungs lose 30% of their breathing capability, pain in the #cervical #spine and muscle damage.  Thankfully, #textneck can be avoided  and the pain can be reduced:

1️⃣ Bring your phone higher when texting

2️⃣ Use #headphones when talking

3️⃣ #Stretch to alleviate neck pain: Tilt your head so your left shoulder and your ear touch each other, and maintain this position for 15 seconds, repeat it with the other side.

4️⃣ Take advantage of Siri (she does more than just tell you #jokes): ask her to text your friends for you, make #calls, send #text messages or find an address. The less you look down at you phone, the less #stress.

5️⃣ take a break: walk without using your phone, drive and actually look at only the road, keep your #phone in another room than your #bedroom when going to bed

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