There are many reasons to practice good posture. You look thinner and more in shape when you sit up straight; your concentration is better because of increased oxygen to the brain; you may even avoid health complications like back aches and poor blood circulation. Posture, both good and bad, is a habit and good posture is a habit that comes with only positive side effects.
Most of us spend the bulk of our days sitting. This is hard on our bodies, because they’re designed to be moving. Sitting in a cubicle, in front of a computer screen is not what we were designed to do. If you have a desk job, or other type of employment that requires you to stay seated for long periods of time, the following posture-perfect tips can help keep your spine straight and healthy:
- Break the leg crossing habit. If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time with a foot tucked underneath or on top of your other leg. However, this little habit is a bad one for spine health.
- Keep your head back. If you can’t see the screen from the back of your chair, then glasses are in order.
- If you use a computer, make sure that the keyboard and monitor are directly in front of you instead of off to the side.
- Adjust your chair so that your hips are higher than your knees, creating a downward slope on your thighs.
If you spend a lot of time on your feet, you’re not off the hook. You need to practice good posture while standing too. Here’s how to do it:
- Remember that your spine doesn’t have to be ramrod straight. As a matter of fact, standing too straight can be almost as bad as slouching. Keep your spine in an S shape for best results.
- Keep your knees bent slightly. Avoid locking your knees while standing and keep your pelvis tilted forward.
- Keep your shoulders relaxed, with your head and neck in line with them. Try to keep from tilting your head up or down for long periods of time to avoid neck fatigue.
- Don’t put all your weight on your heels. Instead, try to keep your weight evenly distributed through both feet.
Good posture is important for looking and feeling your very best. If you find it painful to practice any of these tips, it may be time to visit your chiropractor. You may need a few adjustments to help get your body back into alignment. Pain from good posture isn’t normal; it’s typically a sign that the body has learned to accommodate our poor posture, and fixing the problem while getting rid of pain is your chiropractor’s specialty.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
Story credit, Photo credit: Me, now with new and improved posture! by Corinna A. Carlson. Used under a Creative Commons license.
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