We’re sure you’ve heard this phrase before, whether from a parent, a caregiver, or even a teacher. Slouching is notoriously bad for your health but the truth is that most of us don’t stand up straight. Constrained to desk jobs where the majority of Americans sit all day, slumped at a computer, it’s no wonder that our collective posture isn’t what it should be.
We can help change that. Slouching adds unnecessary stress on your spine that in turn puts strain on your bones, muscles, and joints. Not only is bad posture bad for your back, it also makes it harder for your lungs and intestines to work optimally. Overtime, slouching makes it difficult for you to digest or even breathe.
To improve your posture today, follow these tips:
- Stand Up
When you walk around, hold your head straight and tuck your chin slightly. You want to feel like your head is stretching toward the sky.
- Sit Tall
If you have to sit, be sure to sit with your back all the way in your chair. Place a lumbar cushion or small towel at your mid back to protect the natural curve in your spine. Your knees should be bent at a right ankle and your feet should be flat on the floor.
- Phone Up
If you are a frequent smartphone user, pay attention to the curve of your neck when you are looking at the screen. You might think sneaking a moment here or there to send a text or check social media isn’t doing any damage, but you’d be surprised at how much the time really adds up. Instead of looking down at your lap, hold your phone up to directly in front of your face.
- Good Shoes
While heels are still the dominant fashion, try and make a habit of wearing supportive, comfortable shoes that allow your backbone to line up naturally. If you must wear heels, opt for a chunkier lower profile heel.
Good exercise and regular massage sessions can keep your posture in better shape. By delivering much needed attention to your musculoskeletal system, massage can encourage proper alignment, while a rigorous exercise routine can build muscle to better support your body.