Let's face it. Good posture is important. Not only does it make you look more confident, but it also helps you avoid pain and injuries in the long run. Unfortunately, poor posture has become all too common in recent years thanks to the rise of sedentary lifestyles and the increased use of technology. If you're looking to improve your posture, then you've come to the right place. Today, guest writer Laura Carlson shares ways that you can start standing a little taller today.
1. Exercise Regularly
Verywell Fit notes that there are specific exercises that you can do to help improve your posture. These include things like yoga, Pilates, and even basic stretching exercises. Just a few minutes each day can make a big difference in how you carry yourself throughout the day. This includes something as simple as getting out for a stroll around the neighborhood or a public park. If you’re fortunate enough to live or work in an area with a high Walk Score, you have the added convenience of ample space and places to walk, jog, or ride your bike.
2. Consider Replacing Your Mattress
According to The Natural Sleep Store, if your mattress is too soft, then it can actually contribute to poor posture. That's because when you sleep on a soft mattress, your spine doesn't have the support it needs to maintain its natural alignment. As a result, you may find yourself waking up with back pain or stiffness. A firmer mattress will provide the support your spine needs and help improve your posture in the long run.
3. Practice Yoga
Yoga is an excellent way to improve your posture since it involves both stretching and strengthening exercises. In addition, yoga helps to increase flexibility which can also help improve your posture. There are many different poses that can help with posture, so be sure to ask your instructor for guidance if you're new to yoga.
4. Avoid Tech Neck
One of the biggest culprits of poor posture is "tech neck." This is when you spend hours hunched over looking at a screen — whether it's your computer at work or your phone when you're scrolling through social media. To avoid “tech neck," be sure to take breaks often and practice proper ergonomics when using technology.
For example, invest in a stand for your laptop so you don't have to hunch over when working from home. You’ll also want to look into ergonomically appropriate furniture. Then, you can more easily adjust where you hold the device to read, which allows you to avoid the strain that causes “tech neck.”
5. Consider Your Height
When people are shorter, they tend to not have as much of an issue with their posture as taller people do because they have to elongate their bodies and look up in order to see what’s going on around them. In addition, being taller can lead to back problems because of the extra weight that your spine has to support. As a result, taller people should be especially mindful of their posture and take steps to improve it.
6. Visit a Chiropractor
For some people, back pain is caused by subluxations — when one or more of your vertebrae become misaligned. Chiropractors are trained professionals who specialize in correcting subluxations and restoring proper alignment. If you're dealing with back pain or poor posture, then visiting a chiropractor may be a good option for you. The good news is that many insurance plans cover chiropractic care, so look into your options, including what’s available through your provider through ACA and Medicaid.
7. Keep Your Medical Records Organized
If you have chronic back pain or other issues that affect your posture, then chances are you've seen multiple doctors and specialists over the years. Keeping all of your medical records organized can be helpful if you ever need to see another doctor or specialist since they'll be able to easily access your history. This will also save you time and hassle down the road.
8. Get Regular Massages
Massages aren't just relaxing — they can also help improve your posture. Posture Stars explains that massages help release tension in muscles and connective tissue, which can lead to improved range of motion and less pain. As a result, getting regular massages can help keep your muscles loose and relaxed, making it easier for you to maintain good posture.
9. Wear Comfortable Sho
Wearing shoes that are comfortable and offer support can help reduce stress on your feet, ankles, knees, and hips — all of which can lead to improved posture. Comfortable shoes also help promote proper alignment which can further reduce stress on these joints. When choosing shoes, be sure to select ones that offer arch support and cushioning to prevent injury and promote comfort.
Pursue Your Best Posture
We often take our posture for granted, especially as we sit increasingly close and hunched over our computers and devices. Improving your posture may seem like a major task, but it's definitely achievable with some effort and dedication. By following the tips above, you'll be well on your way to standing tall and proud in no time!
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