Hey! I hope you’re having a great day!
I’m taking a little break right now from working on the slides for a 6 hour continuing education workshop I’m teaching for health professionals this coming Friday. It’s an intensive task and I can use the brief distraction.
I wanted to write to you about something I recently got for my shoes. They are called “Lock Laces” and they are pretty cool little contraptions.
They are essentially shoelaces that both stretch and self tie so as to eliminate the need to be repeatedly tying and untying your laces to get your shoes on and off. This is not only a huge convenience but it is also a way to save your back from having to be bent over for 20 seconds a few times a day, which for many people can be very uncomfortable.
A few things to mention about that position:
1. It is a VERY vulnerable position for your spine. It puts the vertebrae, discs and ligaments in a very compromising position and then you’re asking them to hold the weight of your torso up while you do what you need to do. The more of this do, the more stress it is for your spine.
2. You may know the old saying to “lift with your legs and not with your back” when picking items up off the floor. This is to save your spine from getting into the fully flexed position as shown below. Unfortunately, although this is not too difficult to do when picking up items, it is much harder when tying shoes.
To save yourself (and your back) from having to endure this stress, I suggest you pick yourself up some Lock Laces. They even look cool too.
I got mine on amazon.com. You can find them by clicking here- Lock Lace order page.
To your healthy back,
Chris Vercelli MATm, RTS, CPT
Founder: Non-Fiction Fitness