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Why You Should Fix Your Posture, And How To Do It
Fixing Bad Posture
One the simplest lifestyle changes you can make is to simply stop sitting so much. The human body is not naturally designed to sit still for hours and hours at a time. Every 20-30 minutes or so, just get up and walk around. The key is to simply move. If you can’t do this for some reason, at least try to change your position every 20 minutes or so.
To fix slouching and neck pain, let’s start with your computer. Place your monitor at eye level, so you’re looking ahead and not down. Try using a standing desk or adjustable desk. If neither of these is available, simply stack books under your monitor or laptop to bring it higher.
Titling your head at 60 degrees (the approximate angle at which most people view their phones) puts an astonishing 60 pounds of stress on your spine. The solution? Simply hold your phone a little higher, closer to eye level. If you use a tablet frequently, try using a stand that allows it to be propped up on a level surface like a table, so you’re not always looking downward at such a steep angle.
Exercises can also help. Don’t neglect your back at the gym. Many people have “rounded” shoulders that slump forward. Part of the reason for this is that their back muscles are not strong enough to hold their shoulders in place properly. Back exercises like rows and pullups can help a lot.
Barbell deadlifts can help strengthen the lower back and help you stand up straight, but they should be performed carefully. Seek assistance from a trainer if needed, as an improperly executed deadlift (or any other weighted lower back exercise) can lead to injury.
Posture is too important to neglect. Follow these instructions and stand up straight and walk toward a healthier and happier life.