Good body posture is something we need to improve for our own sake. We are so unaware of how we look that we often forget it until our back start to hurt. What can we do to improve this condition?
Avoid Being A Slouch
Slouching is adding so much stress on your spine. It puts a strain on the bones, muscles, and joints you need to hold your backbone in place.
Having a lousy body posture isn’t just bad for your back. It is bad for your internal organs too. A constant slump posture is smashing your inside organs and makes it harder for your lungs and intestines to work.
In time, you will have a problem to digest food or get enough air when you breathe.
A great way to prevent posture problems is by standing up tall. Not only you will feel better – you will look better. How to gain the feeling of being straighten up?
Stand against a wall and get that straight up feeling. And then mimic it in everyday life. Hold your head straight and tuck in your chin. Stand with your shoulders back, knees straight, and belly tucked in. Straighten up so you feel like your head stretches toward the sky. But don’t look silly when walking. Do it natural look alike.
Slumping Over Desk??
Yes, it feels so comfy when slouching over desk, but don’t do it. Try to sit all the way back in your chair. Place a small, rolled-up towel or lumbar cushion behind your mid-back so you can protect your spine’s natural curve.
You can bend your knees at the right angle and keep them at the same height, or a bit higher, than your hips. Place your feet flat on the floor. Or,you can put something you can lean your feet on to lessen the leg muscles and avoid leg swelling.
Phone Head Posture
Are you hanging on your phone all day long? For God sake, take a break to stretch your neck. When you move your head down to check messages it strains your spine. Doing that move every day, all day long and over the years can add up to your spine situation. And neck pain too. If you want a better view, simply lift the phone up and move your eyes, not your head.
Body Posture While On The Road
Driving long distances isn’t great for your body posture. To correct it while driving, pull your seat close to the steering wheel. Try not to lock your legs and bend your knees slightly. Your legs should be at hip level. It is highly recommended to put a pillow or rolled-up towel behind your back to give you support.
Avoid High Heels
High heels are fashionable, but they won’t do any good to the quality of your body posture. Stilettos thrust the base of your spine forward, which over-arches your back.
That can change the way your backbone lines up and put pressure on nerves, which causes back pain. High heels put more weight on your knees and toes. After a while, you’d wish you’ve never wore them.
Instead, choose a lower heel or flat wear shoes for daily use. Your feet will thank you.
Advice: skip soft and saggy mattress. Choose a firm one that helps hold your spine in it’s natural shape. If you are a side sleeper, bend your knees slightly but don’t hug them. Place a pillow under your head so it is in same level with your spine. Back sleepers should not use thick pillows and try a small ones for under the neck support.
If you notice that your body posture is giving you back hurt or overall body problems, check with your physician. They might send you to a physical therapist in order to improve not only your body posture but your overall health as well.
Look tall and thin…just straighten up!
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