If you’re having back, neck or shoulder issues you may have poor posture.
Sitting at work or school all day long means you better be aligning yourself properly. Few folks are non-slouchers. It’s way too easy to get lazy about posture issues but if you’re not careful you’ll pay big time in the long run.
Try poor circulation, lowered vibes and lower energy as the price to pay for ignoring your posture.
Take care of your body and mind by using these tips to improve your posture.
Pull Back Shoulder Blades
Pulling back your shoulder blades helps you avoid slumping. Slowly move them down and back to improve your posture in the shoulder area. Are you sick of having that dumpy, self-conscious rounded shoulder look? Pull back your shoulder blades and give yourself a self-esteem boost too.
This one may be tough to embrace. Break the habit of rounding your shoulders by wearing a rubber band around your wrist. Each time you slump or round your shoulders snap the band. Alert yourself to your poor habit. Draw your shoulders back to straighten out your back and to improve your posture.
Bring the Workout to Your Desk
By being just a tad bit creative you can get a nice workout at your desk. If you’re spending much of the day seated try a little bit of desk yoga. Practice stretching while seated for a few minutes each day. Stretch your right and left legs. Point your toes in the forward position then upward to increase blood flow and to align your body effectively. Slowly raise your arms over your head while sitting upright. Make sure to keep your elbows straight throughout the movement. Lock your fingers. Bend to the right and left in a deliberate motion. Stretch out your body. Improve your posture.
Stop Crossing Your Legs
Don’t fall into this lazy habit. Your feet should be on the ground to improve your posture. Uncross your legs if you find yourself crossing them when you sit down. This habit is a problem to break in the beginning. Don’t extend your legs out in front of you either as this can place undue stress on your back. Placing your feet flat on the floor may feel a bit uncomfortable for you. Use a small foot stool or laptop stand to sit with good posture while making your tootsies feel more comfortable. This strategy can be particularly effective in addressing back pain. If you have nothing else suitable around build a foot rest by stacking a few thick books together.
Keep it Moving
The hands down easiest way to improve your posture is to keep it moving. Get up for a walk around the office or around your home every hour or 2. Keep the blood flowing. Stretch out your neck and back. Work your abdominal muscles. Walking to the upstairs bathroom or taking a quick jaunt around the yard will do wonders for your posture and heart. Make being fit a priority.