DO YOU WANT TO AVOID A BACK-ACHING CHRISTMAS?
Have you seen yourself during Christmas holidays standing in the kitchen for hours, sitting at the table for all these nice meals, watching TV while sitting on the couch for many hours and last but not least wrapping all these presents for your beloved friends and family?
Christmas is a great holiday for spending time and creating memories with family and friends but is also the best time to provoke or trigger pains and aches. We are on our feet for long hours cooking the Christmas dinner (gets worse if you were your nice high heels), carrying food, lifting heavy pots and pans-lifting the Turkey which is not light at all especially with the stuffing and the million veggies to the side, and then sitting for hours enjoying the well-deserved dinner.
You don’t really want all these decorations, shopping, cooking and celebrating, result to a non-merry but achy-Christmas, because you strained your back while lifting that well fed turkey out of the oven.
Read our PURE PHYSIO tips and that way you will prevent any pain knocking your door during Christmas holidays.
- Take regular breaks while cooking or doing your housework and change from sitting, to standing and using a high counter.
- Use a table in order to prepare your food and avoid standing for many hours, while peeling your potatoes for example.
- Leaning on a high countertop or resting one foot in an open lower cabinet to reduce the strain on your spine is another solution if you do have to stand for food preparation
- Bend your knees, keep your back straight and stick your bottom out when lifting heavy stuff. Ask help for heavy or with awkward shape stuff.
- Taking the Turkey out of the oven can be tricky as the kitchen is not ergonomically designed so that you can follow the -knees bent, straight back rule. This means that you will need to ask some help and each of you standing on the side of the oven and pulling that 15/20-kilo tray.
- Have an area cleared off to place the turkey when ready so you aren’t scrambling around last minute to set down a hot, heavy turkey pan
- We all like to look nice, but during meal prep is not the time to wear your nice shoes but wear some supportive ones and change to your high heels before the guests arrive. Your knees, hip, pelvis and spine will thank you afterwards.
- If you are wrapping your presents, then it is better to avoid doing it over the bed but choose a place to your house with a high counter or your dinner table and this will help any strains to your back and neck.