Put it down. Stand still. Did I just say that?
So as I try to build the online presence of Lifestyle Physio it may sound contradictory but please, put it down. Put the smart phone down. Today I used a day off with all 3 of my beautiful babies (yes I’m one of those crazy ladies that LOVES her dog) to gain some balance. We spent time together, laughing and splashing not 10mins from Cronulla on a beach all to ourselves, in the glorious sunshine.
So as I took my phone out to document the moment I quickly checked a new text, browsed new emails and of course opened Facebook. Why do we do this? Why not just soak it into the memory bank and resist the social media temptation? I have always thought I used my phone so I never forgot the moment but what if by using our phone we aren’t ever in the moment in the first place?
Need more motivation? Check out the posture of someone on their phone. It’s ridiculous. And as a physio I can tell you, it’s so very bad for you. Heads are heavy and hanging forward like that put an enormous stress on your neck. In turn this tightens your chest muscles, weakens your upper back, stiffens your middle back and the old hip bone is connected to the knee bone scenario plays out.
How grumpy are you? Ever connected phone use to your mood? Research is suggesting now that the posture of depressed people is very close to the iphone posture. What is amazing is that they have found being in that posture causes a drop in mood and depressive tendencies. Wow. Scary.
When treating patients I often say that I am realistic and will never tell someone to stop doing what they love but instead to match the bad with the good. So, go ahead and check social media, take photos of your life but every time you lock that screen put your arms up over your head for just a second, or need to look a little less odd? At least stand up tall and pull your shoulders back for a few seconds.
So put the phone down.
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