Tips To Help Improve Posture
Correct posture is not only needed for everyday performance in the gym and at home, but it will play a vital role in your ability to burn fat and build strength. Over time, poor posture can take its toll on your spine, hips, shoulders, and knees. In fact, it can cause a lot of issues which may lead to back and joint pain, reduced flexibility, and compromised muscles.
But you can head off all these problems by using the exercises at left to fix your form, soothe your pain, and get your curves moving in the right direction.
Incorrect posture may be caused by habits from everyday activities, for example, sitting in office chairs, looking at the computer, standing for long periods of time. Poor posture can cause episodes of back pain and damage spinal structures. Fortunately, affects of poor posture can be rectified, there are solutions.
If you do have an office job and are slumped at a desk all day, Here are some tips to prevent poor posture and reverse any negative side affects to incorrect posture.
- Get up out of the chair and move. When muscles tire, slouching, slumping, and other poor postures become more likely; this in turn puts extra pressure on the neck and back.
- Change positions frequently. Take a break from sitting in an office chair every half hour for just two minutes. Take the time to stretch and go for a short walk around the office.
- Sit up straight and align shoulders and hips in one vertical line. Any single position, even a good one, will be tiring.
- Use the back support of the office chair to ease the work of back muscles.
- Avoid unbalanced postures such as crossing legs unevenly while sitting.
- Use exercise to help prevent injury and promote good posture.
- Regular exercise such as walking and swimming will help your body stay aerobically conditioned.
- Specific strengthening exercises will help the muscles surrounding the back to stay strong.
- Avoid regularly wearing high-heeled shoes.
- It is very important to maintain a good posture even when on the move to avoid injury.
- Maintain a relaxed posture
For individuals that do experience back pain, it is a natural tendency to try to limit movements. However, the structures in the spine are designed for movement; any limitation in movement for long periods of time will actually create more pain.
Seek advice from a Personal Trainer. Many trainers are aware of postural correction techniques and they can be easily implemented into any training program.