We’ve all been there before. One hour on Netflix quickly turns into twelve hours slouched on your couch and before you know it, you’re experiencing lower back pain.
Before you decide to invest the next twelve consecutive hours of your day cuddled up with your partner, make sure to take the proper steps to avoid any potential back pain.
To help avoid any injuries, we’ve outlined the top five things you need to know so you can Netflix and chill, sans the back pain.
Plank before the meet-up
Before you head over to your date’s place, do a plank. Getting into a plank position is an excellent way to get your core muscles engaged to take on the stresses of a TV marathon. I mean, you could do a plank at her house, but there is no guarantee she won’t consider you a weirdo. For the sake of argument, get to know her first before you make her living room your personal space.
Slouching isn’t attractive
Slouching creates a posterior pelvic tilt and it adds additional stress on your back. To avoid any back pain, slide your butt right back into the wedge where the backrest meets the cushion.
It’s good to kick it, but not with your feet up
Putting your feet up seems relaxing, but the temporary bliss is just adding more stress on your lower back. If you want to test your back out, try sitting with your feet up for three hours while slouching. You may make it through the next episode, but eventually your back will give in.
Don’t overlook the figure-four stretch
Every hour, take a break and try a duo “figure four stretch.” There is no better way to show your date that you take good care of your body.
Slide forward to the edge of your seat Cross one leg over the other into a figure 4 Sit up tall until you feel a stretch in your glutes Hold for 30 seconds Repeat three times on both sides Every step you take counts
Whether it’s bathroom breaks, refilling your drinks, or restocking snacks, getting up from your seat will have a positive impact on your back. Going for a walk mid-way into your TV binge will alleviate the stress on your back and provide you with the perfect solutions to avoid any post-Netflix and chill back pain.