“Stop slouching-sit up straight.” You likely heard your mother say something similar growing up. Your well-meaning mother was right. Not only does proper posture look more attractive, but it’s also better for your body. When you have good posture, you’re likely to have a better mental outlook, experience less pain and have more confidence.
Causes of poor posture include:
- Toting too much body weight
- Lack of muscle tone
- Sitting for lengthy periods
- Using improper form when walking or exercising
- Prolonged time on digital devices
- Sleeping in the wrong position
The good news is there are many things you can do to perfect your posture. Here are some tips.
#1. Engage in posture exercises.
While any type of exercise may help improve posture, specific posture exercises can help you stand a little taller. You can also develop more strength, balance and flexibility in your body.
#2. Set up an ergonomic workstation.
Sit in a chair with a straight back, and keep your feet flat on the floor. You should also consider using an adjustable standing desk that allows you to alternate between sitting and standing throughout your workday.
#3. Strengthen your core.
Your core muscles affect your ability to maintain proper posture. A strong core can help you maintain better posture. Pilates, yoga and core fitness exercises programs target the core, which can help improve your posture.
#4. Avoid tech neck.
Whether you’re streaming your favorite show on your tablet or texting a friend on your smartphone, having your head in a downward position can lead to neck problems and poor posture. It’s a good idea to raise your screen higher, hold your head up and keep your phone at eye level, and take breaks often.
#5. Mind your mattress and sleep position.
Choose a firm mattress that provides good support to your spine, and avoid sleeping on your stomach. By lying on your side or back, your spine will be in a neutral position.
#6. Get adjusted.
Chiropractors can correct poor posture, such as forward head translation or slouching, and realign your spine. Regular adjustments could help you maintain proper posture.
Thank you to Dr. Nancy Cooper