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The American Chiropractic Association is concerned with the state of your alignment—obviously. So much so that they've just released a list of survival tips for standing in long lines this holiday season. No, really.
In addition to advising against high heels and heavy shoulder bags—they recommend carrying a backpack (ok) or a fanny pack (omg)—the ACA also recommends these save-your-back strategies:
· Spread your toes out as wide as you can and hold for a few seconds and then bring them back to neutral.All useful, to be sure, but now all we'll think about while standing in a line is whether or not the person in front of us is doing butt clenches.
· Stand on one foot while you rotate the opposite ankle and then switch legs.
· To stretch your calves, lean forward on your toes keeping your legs straight. Bend your knees a little bit, just 5 to 10 degrees, and then straighten them.
· Tighten the muscles in your thighs and bottom and hold for 5 seconds and then release.
· Tuck your butt underneath while sticking your bellybutton out then switch and stick your butt out. This pelvic tilt can be a very small movement, but it is great for taking the pressure off your lower back.
· Roll your shoulders backwards several times and then push your shoulder blades together to stretch out your chest.
· Open your hands as wide as you can and then gently close them.
· In addition to stretching, shift your weight and alter your stance every 3 to 5 minutes to give your body a postural break.
· 12 days of health and wellness [ACA]