We’re all guilty of the mid-afternoon slouch from time to time.
But poor posture can be a serious issue, with potential to cause everything from muscle strain and fatigue to headaches and respiratory issues. Think of it this way: your posture is the support structure behind every movement your body makes. Good posture determines how well your body can respond to “stressors” like walking and lifting heavy objects–the worse your posture, the harder your muscles have to work.
To sum it up, an aligned spine reduces muscle strain and fatigue, minimises injury, and protects your joints, muscles, and ligaments in the long-term against general wear and arthritis. Sounds good, right?
Now that you’re inspired, here’s what you can do:
- Avoid sitting in the same position for more than thirty minutes. Get up, stretch, and think of this mantra: your next posture is your best posture.
- When lifting heavy objects lower than waist-level, keep your back straight and bend your knees to lift. Avoid bending down at the waist with straight legs.
- Try sleeping in a way that supports your back’s natural curves: sleep on your back with a pillow under your knees, or on your side with your knees bent.
- While at your desk (try a standing desk), keep your monitor at eye-height, and rest your elbows and arms in front of you, and relax your shoulders.
- When you feel yourself slouching, visualize a string connected to the top of your head and the ceiling.
- Find more ideas and exercises in this WikiHow article .
If correcting your posture feels unnatural at first, don’t worry! This is expected–a body used to holding itself in a new way needs time to adjust. It only takes a few tries to feel the progress. Your body will thank you.
Article Source: Focal Upright, July 18, 2017