How to Solve Your Child’s Devastating Health Habits – Part 2

Last week we talked about how critical it is to build great posture habits as early as possible to ensure optimal health and development for your kids.  By simply setting a great example, limiting electronic use, and getting checked by a chiropractor who specializes in posture can bolster your chances significantly.

But what can you do to actually BUILD great postural health? Here are 3 FANTASTIC and FUN practices that will help you build bullet-proof posture:

1. Climbing activities.  Building some of our most innate and natural abilities to move as human beings is to climb. This helps build back and shoulder muscles that are critical for solid posture. Jungle gyms, cargo nets, climbing trees, obstacles, anything that requires pulling your body weight and maneuvering up and over things. This is one of the most amazing ways to build strength, coordination, and physical health.
2. Crawling. Bear crawls, lizard crawls, and crab walks are amazing ways to engage your entire body. Crawling will improve the way that your brain talks to your body. In other words, it is a way to improve coordination, body awareness, and optimal posture. Not only that, you will also develop great flexibility and core stability.
3.  Play. Whether it’s playing sport, joining a CrossFit kids class, swimming, martial arts, or just running around in a field, kids are meant to get out and move. Encourage your kids to get outside, try something new, and have fun. Helping your kids attach enjoyment to a physical activity is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. Everyone is an athlete. Everyone is designed to move, have great posture, and enjoy a life of great physical function. Play is the foundation for building this gift!

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