Although you may never heard it before, posture is very important. Is not just a matter of how others see you; it involves your health as well. And when it comes to posture, every single minute counts, no matter if you’re at home, at work, or taking a walk in the park.
Most people only think about posture when they start to feel the first back pains and aches. However, posture is something that should never be ignored. If you already have a good posture, you need to maintain it; if you don’t have a good posture and whether or not you already have pains and aches, it’s time to deal with it.
But what can you do? How can you improve your posture or maintain the good posture you still have?
Most people spend most of their time either standing, sitting, or driving their car to and back from work. So, here are the main recommendations for each position:
#1: Standing Posture
A good posture when you’re standing means that your spine will look a bit like an S from the side. In order to achieve, you need to:
- keep your core abdominal muscles tight;
- keep your chest out and your head back;
- tuck your buttocks;
- make sure that your shoulders ate directly over your pelvis;
- place your feet slightly apart.
Despite this position may seem a bit strange at first, after some time, it will feel natural. After all, you need to retrain your body to have a good posture.
#2: Sitting Posture
No matter if you work on a desk a few or many hours a day, you need to make sure that you improve your posture. In fact, you may already suffer from some back and neck pain and you assumed, until now, that you slept in an uncomfortable position. However, this may be related to your sitting position. So, here’s what you need to do:
- sit back in your office chair and use the support the chair offers to keep your neck and head straight;
- adjust your office chair desk and computer monitor;
- take frequent breaks and walks (if possible).
One of the most important tasks that you need to perform, especially if you ned to sit on a desk for many hours every single day, is to adjust your computer monitor, your office chair, and take a deep look at how you place your feet and hands. Here are the necessary steps:
* Step 1: Determine the height of the desk you’re using, taking into consideration the tasks you’ll be performing.
* Step 2: Make sure that your office chair is “elbow high” with the desk. Plus, the backrest of your chair should push your lower back slightly forward.
* Step 3: Now, it’s time to look at the monitor. The best place to place your monitor, as well as its height, will be defined by you. Just sit on your office chair, on your desk, and pretend that you’re going to work. Take a few minutes and open them. The first spot that you see should be the center of your monitor. This is where you need to place it. In case it’s too low, you can consider elevating it by using some books below it.
In case your office chair doesn’t allow you to make any adjustments, you might want to get the best office chair.
#3: Driving Posture To and From Work
No matter if you take 1 or 50 miles to get to and from work, driving posture matters. The more time you spend driving, the more influence this will have on your posture.
- Your knees should be at the same level as of your hips;
- Make sure that the distance between you and the steering wheel is comfortable.
As you can see, there are many simple things you can do in order to improve or maintain your posture.