As technology has become ever more pervasive in our daily lives, we spend countless hours looking at various devices. Many spend 40 or more hours a week sitting at a desk. Is it any wonder that many of us suffer from poor posture?
Poor posture leads to back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches and decreased flexibility. Poor posture contributes to spinal degeneration, it affects balance and can even contribute to digestive issues.
Good posture means keeping our bodies in correct alignment. By maintaining good alignment, muscles are being used properly and most efficiently. That efficiency can prevent fatigue because the body is using less energy. Good posture can improve circulation, which makes breathing easier. And, beyond helping us avoid body aches and pains associated with poor posture, good posture projects an image of confidence and helps us appear younger and slimmer!
So, how can we improve posture? The most important step to improving posture is to be mindful of it. It may even be helpful to set a periodic alarm on your phone to remind you to do a posture check. While sitting at a desk, keep both feet flat on the floor. Don’t cross your legs and keep the shoulders relaxed. Consider the ergonomics of your work station. Make sure that your chair is the right height in relation to your desk. Raise your computer monitor so that you do not have to tilt your head downward to view the screen. While standing, keep your shoulders back and pull your stomach in. Make yourself as tall as possible!
Other ways we can improve our posture include strengthening the core muscles, maintaining a healthy weight and wearing supportive footwear.
So don’t forget to evaluate your posture throughout the day and make improvements as needed. Your body will thank you!