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Stand up for your kids

29 Nov 2017 10:11 AM

We might tell our kids to sit up straight or stop slouching but a more powerful message is through our behaviour.


Kids are sponges of our behaviour and as parents sometimes we don’t notice how our posture may be impacting our kids.

We might tell our kids to sit up straight or stop slouching but a more powerful message is through our behaviour.
As parents we are models for our kids in so many ways, we’ve all laughed when one of our kids repeats something we’ve said out of context or mimics us in a way that makes us crack up at a family barbecue.

But our approach to health and wellbeing also rubs off on our kids.
Poor posture in kids may also lead to long-term issues such as abnormal bone growth, which is hard to correct over time. But the good news is that childhood is a great time to correct posture.
Being mindful of how long kids spend sitting and using digital devices is a good start. Instituting family walks and exercise is a great way to help address poor posture in children. Another key issue to address is their study area. Is their desk setup well for homework and study?

These issues are simple ways you can help children be more mindful about posture.
So the following steps can help your kids address posture issues:
1) Check your posture, are you setting a good example?
2) Are your kids getting enough exercise to keep their spine neutral?
3) Is the study area set-up in a safe ergonomic way?
If you’re worried about your posture or your kids’ posture, feel free to come in and see us at the Alive Health Clinic