Stand Up Straight for Better Health
Much of our lives are in front of screens, slouching and unaware of our back and neck’s position. Poor posture often leads to health problems and symptoms like back pain, spine curving, sleep deprivation, and more. The good news is you can take steps to prevent these health problems and improve your posture.
Five Great Benefits
Taking the time to be mindful and improve your posture can significantly improve your overall health. Among the terrific benefits are:
- Reduced back pain – especially in your lower back. Slouching puts extra stress on your spine, so straightening up helps things stay aligned properly and takes the pressure off.
- Fewer headaches – sitting up straight keeps things from your tailbone to your head in line, leading to better health for your neck and head, relieving pressure, and reducing headaches.
- Breathe easier – slouching puts pressure on the organs you use to breathe. It opens things up for your chest and lungs when you sit up.
- Increase your energy – aligning your bones and joints allows your muscles to be used at peak performance, making you feel less fatigued by your daily activities.
- You’ll look more confident (and feel it, too!) – opening your shoulders when you are sitting or walking makes you taller and changes how you and the people around you perceive you.
Five Tips for Improved Posture
Improving your posture can take time and thought. Don’t worry! Here are easy steps you can take to tackle the habit of slouching.
- Stretch more often. Set a timer for yourself every few hours or stretch for 15 minutes before bed. Even a little stretching can aid your body in realigning and loosening things up. Need ideas? Try these stretches!.
- Take breaks. Step away from that computer! Take a quick walk around if you’ve been sitting all day. If you are on your feet all day, take a few minutes to sit and take a break.
- Stay active. Make walking or going to the gym part of your routine. Building muscle can help you straighten up easier.
- Hold yourself accountable. If you find yourself slouching at your desk, correct yourself. If your lower back is hurting, get up and do some stretches. Of course, you won’t always be aware of your posture, but it'll get more manageable if you make it a habit to correct yourself.
- Buy a posture device. Invest in a better chair for your back or a back brace. Back braces can cost around $10 and bring you some much-needed support.
We know it’s not a straightforward process to improve your posture, but it’s a great goal to keep your body in alignment.