Want Picture-Perfect Posture?
Having good posture has numerous benefits to your spine, shoulders, hips and knees. It can also make digesting food easier and ensures you’re getting enough air when you breathe. When our shoulders are slumped, it reduces our flexibility and leads to back and joint pain. Stop slouching and use these tips to fix your form and get you standing tall.
HOW TO STAND TALL INSTEAD OF SLUMPING
Start improving your posture by being aware of how you’re standing throughout the day. When your shoulders are hunched forward, pull them back, hold your head straight and tuck your chin. Also, keep your stomach tucked in. The more you’re able to recognize when an adjustment needs to be made, the better your posture will get.
Avoid Slumping when you‘re Sitting
Sitting slouched at your desk all day is really bad for your posture. Fix your form by sitting all the way back in your chair, keep your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. You can also place a small, rolled up towel behind your mid-back. This helps protect your spine’s natural curve.
During the workday, make sure to stand up, stretch and walk around. Moving keeps you limber, improves your range of motion and both help make your posture better. Set reminders to get out of your chair and aim to do so every 30 minutes.
Sweet Slumber in the Right Position
The position you sleep in and the type of mattress you sleep on, both impact your posture. A firm mattress helps hold your spine’s natural shape. If you sleep on your side, bend your knees slightly and position your pillow under your head so it’s level with your spine. If you sleep on your back, use a smaller pillow so it’s level with your spine.
Core Strength is Critical
When you carry extra weight in your stomach, it adds stress to your back. Having toned abs and a strong lower back helps support your spine so strengthening both and your entire body will improve your posture. Try functional core exercises (such as mountain climbers) that also work the upper body. While you’re working out focus on deep, steady breathing, which will really work those respiratory muscles.
Your posture isn’t going to be corrected overnight, but if you’re mindful and making adjustments, you’ll see and feel improvements. Stand tall, stay on track and keep fixing your form.
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