Monday, May 21, 2012

5 Ways To Improve Your Posture

by guest blogger John Moore

Having great posture is one of the best things you can do to look and feel young. Furthermore, not much else can do such a good job in maintaining strong, healthy bones. Good posture should begin at a very young age, because that is when most habits and skills can be engrained in your psyche the best. Some of the reasons people today have such poor posture is because no one instructed them as kids, and now old habits are so hard to break. So, change those habits now!

1. Stretching

It is important to keep your body moving throughout the day. If you work at a sedentary job and are sitting a lot, take time every 30 minutes or so and stretch. Take a short walk down the hallway, or just stand and stretch all your extremities. This will keep the body and bones limber AND keep you from wanting to slouch, since you won’t be as tired.

2. Support

If you’re sitting all day long in an office, it’s important that you are using a high-backed chair that is going to have a lot of lumbar support. The best position is with the back all the way back against the chair and your hips as far back as possible. Sometimes, you may find that there is not enough support between your back and the back of the chair, and if that is the case, you should use a towel or pillow to provide some support. Make your work or office space ergonomically fit for you, and no one else. Sitting in a chair or behind a computer for hours on end can cause a lot of back pain, and once it starts, it’s really hard to fix.

3. Walk, Walk, Walk

Most of the time, anyone who has to sit a long time will begin to slouch. Children in school sitting at desks for hours and moms at the office sitting at their desk all day both spend so much time sitting and not enough time stretching their legs and back. When the kids get home from school, send them out to play or for a walk, so they can stretch their back. At the office, take little breaks to get up to avoid slouching.

4. Footwear

Wearing certain types of shoes can change your center of gravity, and even a couple of millimeters can either wreak havoc or save all your problems, so make sure that your shoes are taking care of you. High heels can be very hard on your body, affecting your posture and leading to back pain. It is important that you make sure you have enough support too. For instance, flat shoes and flip flops may not have near enough support for you feet, putting pressure and fatigue on the back. Quality shoes are going to be much better on the back and posture and although they can cost a bit more, saving your posture is worth it. Trust me, you may not believe me, but down the road, you’ll thank me.

5. Think About It

Stop every few minutes and take a look at how you are sitting. Every time you notice you’re slouching, take note and sit up straight! Even if it takes post it notes all around your desk, get yourself back in the habit of good posture – it’s not hard!

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