If you suffer from back pain, and you spend a lot of time cooking (or preparing food), you may want to take a closer look at your work surface. A counter too high or too low for your height can force you to hunch over, straining the muscles in your neck, shoulders, and lower back.
To check the height of the counter before you slice and dice: Put your arms at your sides and bend your elbows to 90 degrees. The surface should be no more than a few inches below your hands. If it’s too low, stack cutting boards; if it’s too high, stand on a sturdy step stool. To lessen back strain, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, shoulders back, and knees soft.
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