Poor posture is something that can make your life very uncomfortable. But it’s not just about how you feel, poor posture affects how you look and function, too. Posture is not just about sitting, it affects all of your daily activities, and you’ll get to a point where you just can’t seem to get comfortable in any position. Read on to find some ways to fix poor posture.
Be Conscious of Your Mindset
Poor posture is usually achieved through negative physical habits and even laziness. Poor posture can also be the result of lack of confidence. The thoughts and feelings that you have about yourself translate into your behavior and the way in which you carry yourself.
Think about how your body looks like when you feel at your best. Are you slouching? Probably not. When you are feeling proud of yourself and full of positivity, you stand tall with your shoulders back and chest up, not hunched over. When you find yourself hunching over, visualize the best version of yourself and a moment that made you proud. This will help bring that energy into your posture.
Be Mindful of Your Stance
Another way to fix poor posture is by being mindful of your stance. Whenever you’re working on something below head height or when you are using your phone, it’s important to keep your posture in mind. Being hunched over a desk, a phone, or a worktop might not feel impactful when you’re doing it, but you’ll find it has an effect on how you stand. Avoid hunching your neck over to get a better look at what’s going on in front of you. If needed, adjust something else if you need to have a better view.
Remind yourself to keep you back straight, shoulders back, chest open. At the same time, it’s always helpful to consider getting professional help. Visiting a chiropractor can help you to identify what might be causing your posture issues if you can’t figure it out yourself. Plus, getting spinal adjustments can help improve your posture and health overall.
Improve Your Office Equipment
Improving your office equipment is also essential. Sitting in one place for long hours is bad for you, but that’s made even worse if your office equipment is not ergonomically friendly. Your posture in the workplace is dictated by how your desk and chair are set up in relation to your body characteristics. It should maximize productivity and minimize fatigue and discomfort. If you aren’t sitting properly, you’re going to risk an injury somewhere down the line. You may not feel the effects of a bad desk or chair straight away. However, after some time you’ll be experiencing wrist, neck, and back aches and imbalances.
Your office chair needs to have adequate support for you to be able to sit correctly in it for long periods of time. If you’re feeling neck aches at the end of a long day, it’s a sign that you need to make a change. At the same time, your desk should be conducive to your health. For example, you can invest in an adjustable desk that you can raise so you can work standing up intermittently.
Work on Your Sleeping Position
Other way to fix poor posture is by working on your sleeping position. It’s not easy to control how you lie when you sleep, and many of us are restless sleepers – but you can make some effort to combat poor posture while you’re sleeping. You can try things like lying on your side with a pillow between your knees to make sure you’re not putting too much stress on your back.
If you have a sedentary job and find yourself staying still in one place for hours at a time, you are at risk of developing chronic diseases. No matter what you’re doing, be sure to get up every 30 to 60 minutes and give yourself a moment to walk around – even if it’s just a couple of steps.
You can also incorporate a couple of minutes of stretching throughout the day. This can help avoid muscle tightness and spasms, as postural imbalances, you from seizing up and reduces muscle tension.
Start implementing some of the ways described above to fix poor posture since it can lead to much more than just a few aches from time to time. It can create real damage – so it’s best to make it one of your top priorities. Good posture improves your stance and breathing, helps reduce your risk of injury, and gives you a confident look.
To a Fitter Better You,
The Fitness Wellness Mentor