Stand Up Straight, Tips For A Better Posture
Sitting at a desk all day for most of the week can cause many of us to develop a weaker posture than we should have. Weak posture can lead to back issues, joint pain and even breathing issues.
But before you give in and head to chiropractors near me, there are some ways you can control your posture and strengthen it, reducing these issues and allowing you to work comfortably in the future.
How To Improve Your Posture
Before you start trying to improve you posture, ask someone to take photos of you from the front, side and behind. You’ll be able to see if you naturally curve you back or if one shoulder sits lower than the other. You can then work on adjusting your stance to even out these problems. Always keep in mind that your head should be above your neck, above your torso, above your legs. Your body should be a straight line.
Balance: To practice your balance, stand in a doorway and raise one leg, bend at the knee so your thigh is parallel to the floor and hold that pose for 20 seconds. Learn to use the 4 corners of your foot to keep your body level as you do it. Practicing this pose every day can allow you to improve your balance and guide your leg muscles to symmetry.
Alignment: The next exercise is to put your heels against the wall and step out approximately your foot length from the wall and lean back until your bum and back are resting on the wall. If you head does not automatically touch the wall too, you need to work on tilting it back until it does. Practice holding this position for 20 seconds every day to align your head until it touches the wall without you having to tilt your head.
Having a strong posture is controlled by all the small muscles which make up your core. This is why doing regular exercise is great for your posture as it strengthens these muscles. One of the best exercises you can do for your posture is Yoga. Yoga forces you to move into positions you never would think of, and use muscles you never thought existed. It brings you to the present and makes you focus on your muscle movement. It is amazing for posture as many poses involve balancing, such as Warrior 3.
Alignment in Movement: If you don’t have a balance ball, you can buy a cheap one online. Using the ball, sit down with your knees at a 90-degree angle. Sit in your best posture and move pelvis in circles while keeping your knees, head and torso still. It’s kind of like when you see people moving chickens around, but their head stays in the same place. Chickens must have some killer posture. Anyway, practice this each day and again, you will start to see an improvement in your posture and less back issues when you do sit at the desk all day long.