Good posture is something we all recognize as important to our health, yet it’s difficult to remember it throughout the day, and take active steps to improve posture and thereby enhance our health. People often wonder: What are some simple ways in which I can improve my posture? Fortunately, it’s not complicated. Here are five simple things you can do to cultivate better posture throughout the day, and keep yourself healthier and happier as a result.
1. Sit up straight
This is really a big one. So many people spend so many hours a day sitting (the average is over 10 hours a day), and so much of that sitting involves poor posture. The result is that the body is “trained” to adopt that poor posture in all areas of life, resulting in muscle strain, poor circulation, and a whole host of other problems. But if you make a conscious effort to correct your seated posture and maintain it throughout periods of sitting, you’ll notice the benefits almost right away — and so will others!
2. Walk tall
People often think of posture as something we engage in while seated, but in fact, standing posture is equally important. Poor posture while walking can be just as detrimental to long term spinal health and balance as poor posture while sitting. For a better walking posture, make a conscious effort to stand straighter and taller. Some people find it useful to imagine balancing a book on top of their head.
3. Use devices to aid posture
There are various braces and implements that can be worn beneath the clothing, and some of them can be effective in training you to adopt better posture throughout the day. If you’re interested in using a brace to improve your seated and standing posture, it’s a good idea to consult your chiropractor or physician about which devices are the best.
4. Core muscle training
The muscles in your back aren’t the only muscles that help you maintain posture. Your core muscles also play an important role in supporting your spine and keeping your body strong and upright, whether you’re seated or standing. Training your core muscles doesn’t have to be a constant or impossible task. By engaging in some light core exercises each day, you can make a real difference to your spinal and overall health.
5. See a chiropractor
Often times, the effects of poor posture (or injuries, traumas, etc.) lead to debilitating and chronic conditions over time. The job of a doctor of chiropractic is to restore full balance and function to the spine and joints — and to do so naturally, without invasive surgery or drugs. If you’ve been struggling with poor posture, a series of gentle corrections may put you in a much better position to improve and maintain better posture throughout your day. The health effects of this type of change can be truly far reaching, provided you find a reputable chiropractor who has the training and experience to delivery top quality treatment.