5 Helpful Tips To Improve Your Posture


Poor posture is a not a habit that happens overnight, it is built over the course of time, when you continuously sit and stand the wrong way throughout the course of your day. If your poor posture is beginning to turn into second nature, the time has come to make an adjustment. The following list provides helpful tips for doing so.

1. Don't Become Too Sedentary
As more and more of us turn to office work and other sedentary jobs as a means of making a living, our muscles become tired. When the muscles tire, it is much easier to lapse into behaviors that are bad for our posture, including slumping and slouching.

If your job requires you to sit in a chair for the majority of your day, it is recommended that you get up an hourly basis to stretch your muscles and keep them from becoming fatigued. A stand or a walk also works wonders. What's more, it's important to use a proper computer chair for office work, so get some Overstock.com promo codes, which will help you save a little money, and make sure you sit right.

2. Identify Warning Signs
Back pain is not something to be ignored and the same goes for neck pain. When you begin to notice painful flareups, especially at certain times, this is typically a sign that your posture and the level of attention you are paying to ergonomic detail need to improve.

The pain can also originate in the neck and upper back and make its way throughout the body and cause discomfort in a number of extremities. Pain does not happen randomly, it is your body's way of sending you a warning, a warning that you should heed.

3. Exercise Regularly
While the aforementioned tip about getting up to stretch and walk periodically will help, it is not a substitute for regular exercise. By swimming, walking, running or participating in any other strenuous activity, the body remains in proper condition and the muscles in and around the back remain strong.

Regular exercise also promotes a decreased instance of injury. The upper body sustains less injury and pain when the core muscles are kept strong.

4. Maintain Good Posture In Motion
Going for a walk does you no good if you are holding a cell phone between your face and shoulder blade. Maintaining good posture is important while sitting, but it is just as crucial when you are in motion.

When lifting objects, be sure to lift with your legs and avoid any unnecessary twisting. Always walk tall and keep your shoulders back to avoid injury or strain on the back.

5. Avoid Overcompensation
Do not fall into the trap of using overprotective posture. Posture should be relaxed on the whole, with minimal stiffness and absolutely no clenching. This can be more difficult for those who are already experiencing some form of pain below the neck, as it is the body's natural instinct to protect itself from additional suffering.

However, the spine is designed to handle your body's natural movements and any restrictive motion can cause problems over the long haul.

19 comments:

  1. Hey Kelly, I had a bad back a few years ago, and found learning good posture helped, especially being aware of my core at all times.

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  2. Thanks Kelly. I totally agree on all the point as at some point of time my hubby had a real bad back that carrying a baby was so difficult.

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  3. I really need those tips right now. Thanks a lot! I was getting a bit paranoid after a chiropractor informed me that my atlas was misaligned :(

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  4. Posture is so important especially since we are getting too sedentary in our lifestyle at work most of the time. People are getting degenerative problems in their spine (from neck to lumbar) earlier now because of poor posture.

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  5. I never really cared about my posture until I found out that there are certain health issues that we have in the family that concerns poor posture. Reading this post just motivates me more to do better and take better care of my posture.

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  6. identifying warning signs is really important. Sometimes the usual pain isn't just that, and may lead to other complications.

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  7. Exercise regularly can be a bit of a challenge for me. I'm just downright lazy when it comes to working out, but I'll try to change that soon. Thanks for the tips!

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  8. Im already in my early 30's and Im beginning to feel back aches and shoulder aches... I know exercise will cure this yet Im not eager to go back to the gym

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  9. I think having a strong core can really help keep our posture firm. Being sedentary also limits blood flow and weakens the muscle.

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  10. So this is the post that again reminded me to be healthy and fit. Yes! I will regularly exercise. haha Thanks for this reminder!

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  11. All these are great tips! Doing Yoga and having an active lifestyles are the top two ways to get that done!

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  12. Very sound tips Kelly! Actually those tips are not just for improving posture, but really for improving health in general!,

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  13. i have bad posture myself and doing stretches has helped me a lot!

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  14. Very helpful tips. Exercise regularly is a pain in the ass for my wife to follow.

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  15. Very useful tips. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I am aware with this problem, but sometimes I forget that I am still following my old routine. Sorry my bad...

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  17. Thanks for sharing such useful tips. Will do that when have leisure time

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  18. Very good tips for our posture. We always believe that our daily lives consists of our posture and body language. For sure this is great and it helps a lot.

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  19. Having good posture while standing or sitting is really important. I noticed that I often have back pains recently, maybe because I am not comfortable with our office chair.

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