Fortunately, developing better posture is easy and straightforward enough to do. By changing how you stand and sit, any bad habits can be eliminated for good.
If you’ve been feeling increased pressure, or strains and stresses around your body’s muscles and joints, now may be time to check your posture.
What Causes Bad Posture?
If you find yourself sitting at a desk for much of your day, it can be so easy to develop bad habits such as slouching.
From the types of chairs we use to the way we position ourselves at our computers or consoles, sitting for long periods will eventually encourage a hunch like appearance and increase the tension in our upper body muscles.
Likewise, how you stand can also encourage bad habits in your posture. From standing for long periods at work to just standing in general, it’s all too easy to develop an incorrect positioning which ultimately leads to muscle imbalances.
How Can I Improve My Posture?
By remembering a few simple pointers, you could change any bad habits formed in a short amount of time, thus developing better posture.
How to Improve Your Posture When Standing:
- Try to keep your weight balanced equally across both feet:
Many of us tend to put more pressure on one foot than the other, shifting our weight around as we stand, often not realizing that we’re doing so!
- Always stand tall and keep your shoulders up and drawn back:
We’re all guilty of slouching on the odd occasion but doing so repeatedly when standing draws our weight downwards and throws us off balance.
How to Improve Your Posture When Sitting:
- Make sure the chair you use is supportive, and you use it correctly:
An uncomfortable chair encourages bad posture. Additionally, if you don’t use your chair properly, that is sitting back fully into the chair, this can also aggravate the problem. Keep your feet on the ground placed flat and your hips above the level of your knees.
- Assess your desk space for ergonomic design:
Using your desk incorrectly can lead to considerable neck pain. Place your monitors at the right level in front of you with your keyboard and mouse within easy reach. Also, try not to use a laptop for long periods of time.
The Importance of Preventative Measures
With International Men’s Health Week now highlighting a growing number of problems men face, poor posture is being recognized as a significant problem that can affect all ages.
Therefore, why not stop and take a closer look at how you sit and stand during the day? This way, you’ll be able to instantly recognize when your posture starts to slump and work on eliminating it for improved health long term.