Proper Posture Will Prevent Back Pain
Stand Up For Better Posture
Are you reading this while slouching in your chair? Is your chin resting in your hands while you have your legs crossed as you lean towards the screen? Your health is dependent on a healthy spine, so you need to learn to stand up to good posture. Your overall longevity is at stake.
Here are some tips to make sure you keep your spinal health is at its best.
Always be aware of your day-to-day activities. When you stand, drive or sit for prolonged hours each day at work you need employ good posture habits or these actions will start to take a toll. Pay attention to how you carry yourself. Always try to sit or stand with your back as straight as it can be.
Be sure to get up and move around throughout the day. If you get immersed in your desk work, make it a habit to set an alarm on your smart phone or computer. When the alarm goes off, get up and take a short walk.
Stretching Will Prevent Injuries and Pain
Stretching is important, too. After you get to a good stopping point with a project at your desk, stand up and place your feet hip-width apart. Next, interlace your fingers behind your back and stretch.
Try to make your fists get as close to the floor behind you as you can. This opens up your shoulders and chest. This counteracts any slouching that you may have done while working.
Many people work in retail or hospitality and feel they get enough movement. However, you want to be sure you are always distributing your body weight evenly as you move. Be sure you ground yourself through the balls of your feet beneath your big toes and heels.
Try to avoid putting more weight on one leg than the other. Avoid locking out your knees by hyper-extending them, too. Hold yourself upright as straight as you can without straining when you are working on your feet. When you do sit, always keep both feet on the ground in an even manner. You can let your spine rest against the back of your chair.
Once you get an awareness of your posture, be patient. It can take time to put new posture habits into place. Try standing or sitting correctly for two or three minutes at a time. Before you know it, you will sit or stand correctly without even having to think about it.
Remember that healthy posture has many health benefits. When you sit and stand properly, you support healthy breathing. If you slouch, your lungs will not get an ample supply of oxygen. This can make you feel more tired than you really are.
Sit properly so that you can breathe in enough to bring fresh oxygen into your body. It helps your blood circulate better. Good posture also helps you look better. When you stand taller, you look thinner. You will naturally walk with more pride.
Try this test. Slouch in your seat for 30 seconds. Next, sit up straight for 30 seconds. Which made you feel better? Which made you look better? You know the answer. Now, take your stand for better posture!