There’s nothing more relaxing than lounging by the seashore. But for beachgoers with bad backs, it can be unpleasant and unhealthy. Understanding how to keep your spine healthy and selecting the right chair can make the difference.
Poor posture — standing, seated, and lying down — can cause back strain and lead to spinal health problems. A chair that reclines slightly shifts weight to the back of the chair and allows back muscles to relax, which takes pressure off of discs. Leg and foot support also relieve stress on the spine. And a properly placed neck cushion can alleviate strain and twisting of the upper spine and shoulders.
The newest in beach chair comfort is the antigravity or zero-gravity chair. They are designed to provide a weightless sensation. Infinite back and foot positions allow the user to transfer weight away from the spine. globalsources.com
Brookstone is known for inserting technology into everyday objects to make them more user-friendly. The same goes for its beach chairs. The Beach Lounger, Adjustable Chair and Quick-Dry Mesh Beach Chair are designed to relieve spinal pressure and support the back and neck. The Quick-Dry chair is especially lightweight and conforms to your body’s shape. brookstone.com
Hammacher Schlemmer carries a chair called the Ergonomic Beach Lounger. It has three pillows, a cushioned headrest and can be adjusted to six different positions. It’s lightweight but sturdy enough to support up to 300 pounds. hammacher.com
When selecting a beach chair, there are a few points to keep in mind. This should be a hands-on purchase, so have a seat: you’ll only know how comfortable it is if you give it a try. Also, it’s important to know how heavy it is. You may like how you feel while lounging in it, but lifting heavy objects can cause back strain, so you’ll want to know how easy it is to carry.