You’ve been to see your doctor, who has ordered multiple lab and diagnostic tests. The With so many people spending hours a day sitting in front of their computers, in their cars, and on the couch, it’s no wonder that poor posture is a national problem. Millions of Americans experience back pain every day, which affects how we work and play. Improving your posture will do more than just change how you look. It will change how you feel.
Good posture can:
-Prevent muscle pain and strain
-Improve digestive problems, breathing problems, headaches, and more
-Relieve pressure on your ligaments and joints
-Make it easier to accomplish everyday tasks like lifting, pulling, and pushing objects
Here are four simple steps to improving your posture today:
1. Stand and Sit Up Straight
When you slouch and slump, you create a curved spine that puts unnecessary pressure on your lower back. Whether you are sitting or standing, focus on keeping your shoulders back; try to draw your shoulder blades together in the shape of a “V.” Also, keep your chin pointed up and your eyes forward. The location of your head impacts the amount of strain being placed on your spine.
2. Get Moving
If you spend a lot of time in front of a screen every day, try to get up and move around at least once an hour. Exercises like yoga and Pilates are effective because they encourage you to be aware of your body movements. They also help strengthen your “core”- the muscles in your abdominal and pelvic areas. These muscles in turn help stabilize your lower back and spine.
3. Lift Weights
Regardless of your age, strength training will not only help build your muscles, but will improve your posture. Women especially can benefit from increased muscle tone, as pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause can all take a toll on strength. When lifting weights and other heavy objects, be careful: improper form can do more harm than good. Remember to bend your knees and lift with your legs instead of your back.
4. See a Chiropractor
Your chiropractor can help you achieve and maintain good posture through adjustments and recommendations on proper positions when performing certain activities. There are also easy stretches they can teach you that will help open up your spine.
Your posture does not have to be perfect in order to see results. Be patient with time, you will experience all the benefits that good posture can bring.