We spend a lot of time sitting these days – at our desks, in our cars, and on our couches. Even if we’re standing, we’re often not standing up straight. All this sitting and slouching takes a toll on our posture.
Posture is the position in which you hold your body. Good posture is when you’re holding your body in a way that doesn’t put strain on your muscles or joints. When your posture is good, you can move more efficiently and you’re less likely to injure yourself.
Bad posture, on the other hand, can lead to pain in your back, neck, and shoulders. It can also cause headaches and fatigue. And over time, bad posture can lead to permanent changes in the alignment of your spine.
So it’s important to take breaks throughout the day to correct your posture and give your muscles and joints a break. Here are a few things you can do to improve your posture and prevent pain:
1. Stand up straight.
This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s important to stand up straight. When you’re standing, imagine a string attached to the top of your head. This string is pulling you up, so you need to stand tall.
2. Check your posture when you’re sitting.
When you’re sitting, make sure your back is straight and your shoulders are down. Your feet should be flat on the floor. If you can’t rest your feet on the floor, use a footrest.
If you’re sitting at a desk, your computer screen should be at eye level. And if you’re using a laptop, use a separate keyboard and mouse so you don’t have to hunch over.
3. Take a break from sitting.
If you can, take a break from sitting every 30 minutes or so. Get up and walk around for a few minutes. Or do some stretching exercises.
4. Sleep on your back.
When you sleep on your back, your head, neck, and spine are in a neutral position. This helps to prevent pain in those areas.
5. Use proper lifting techniques.
When you lift something, bend at your knees, not your waist. And keep the object close to your body. These techniques help to prevent injuries.
6. Wear comfortable shoes.
Wearing shoes that are too tight or have high heels can cause pain in your feet, legs, and back. So it’s important to wear shoes that fit well and offer support.
7. Practice good posture.
You can improve your posture by doing exercises that strengthen the muscles in your back and core. Yoga and Pilates are two good options.
Posture is important for your overall health. So make sure you take breaks throughout the day to improve your posture and prevent pain.
About Michael Jones
Michael Jones, CErg. He's an Ergonomist and Speaker with 15 years of experience helping desk workers who are hunched over their computers and phone for hours, reverse their slouched posture and end text neck pain.