Let’s be honest: We often look up to people with good posture: models, athletes, celebrities, and the like. Good posture looks good on people!
But did you know that having good posture is more than just for decoration and vanity?
It also helps avoid musculoskeletal disorders, or discomfort in general.
Having bad posture can lead to neck and back pain, as well as respiratory and blood flow problems.
According to Kendall Lou Schmidt of BodyBuilding.com, the muscle and ligament imbalances that result from poor alignment can lead to all sorts of problems:
- Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Foot, knee, hip, and back injuries
- Muscle atrophy and weakness
- Difficulty breathing
- Digestion issues
- Impingement and nerve compression
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Unfortunately, posture is not something we’re always aware of. That’s why it’s so difficult to maintain good posture.
These are three essential tips on how we can correct our posture.
1. Sleep Properly
Posture is important even when we sleep.
One important rule to follow is to never sleep on your stomach.
If you sleep on your side, place a pillow between your legs, and if you sleep on your back, keep a pillow under your knees.
2. Sit Properly
Sitting for prolonged hours is usually the cause of lower back pain.
UCLA Health explains that prolonged sitting causes “increased stress of the back, neck, arms and legs and can add a tremendous amount of pressure to the back muscles and spinal discs. Additionally, sitting in a slouched position can overstretch the spinal ligaments and strain the spinal discs.”
To avoid this, make sure to keep the soles of your feet on the floor or on a footrest, and maintain a small gap between the back of your knees and the front of your seat.
Don’t cross your legs, and keep your ankles in front of your knees. Relax your shoulders and keep your forearms parallel to the ground.
3. Stand Properly
Seen in photo: Founder & CEO of Exquisite Manila Tet Rodriguez with her Stance Pro Standing Desk
The most important tip to keep in mind is to always move around when you can.
Even just standing after sitting for long hours can help in preventing negative health effects commonly associated with prolonged sitting.
Make sure to stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulled backward. Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart, and bear your weight on the balls of your feet.
Seen in photo: Serial Entrepreneur and Host RJ Ledesma with his Stance Pro Standing Desk
Additionally, having a standing desk conditions you to move more in the midst of desk work. It prevents constant slouching and hunching over while tapping away at your keyboard.
Having good posture requires consistency and awareness of our body. On top of our own willpower and self-discipline, we can also use tools like a standing desk that condition our bodies to have better alignment.
Check out the rest of the original article for more tips on body alignment: acatoday.org.
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