Feeling shorter? Don’t worry, you’re not shrinking—yet. So many of us suffer from poor posture (me included!), and slouching over a computer at work all day certainly doesn’t help! The good news is, there are plenty of ways to improve your posture with just a few daily practices. I have noticed that mine has gotten worse over the years, so I’m consciously making an effort to correct it.
1. First, check your standing posture. Stand with your back and neck against the wall to feel what form your body should be in, and work towards maintaining that posture. It may feel unnatural at first, but over time (and with a little work) your muscles will adjust themselves and your neck, shoulders, and hips will align properly and effortlessly.
2. Exercise. Strengthen your core muscles with some abdominal exercises. These muscles form the foundation for good posture, and who doesn’t want nice abs?
3. Stretch. Frequent stretching helps prevent soreness of the muscles and release tension in the neck and back. Even if you can’t make it to a yoga class, try a few simple stretching exercises in the morning or before you go to bed. A little stretching goes a long way towards good posture.
4. Take a standing break. If your job requires you to sit at a computer all day, make sure to take frequent breaks to get up, stretch a little, and walk around. This will help prevent stiffness in the muscles and help your body support a relaxed posture. It will also help improve blood flow and reduce fatigue throughout the day!
Obviously it’s easier said than done and you have to practice good posture everyday in order to see results, but I am up for the challenge. Who’s with me?
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