How’s Your Posture??

Did you know that poor posture can not only cause neck, shoulder and back pain but it can also lead to issues with balance, digestion, breathing and your pelvic floor?  Having good posture is an important part of staying healthy.  The key to good posture is maintaining the position of your spine.  The spine has 3 natural curves- at the neck, mid back and low back.  Proper posture will maintain these curves but not increase them.  Here are some daily habits that will help support better posture:

Change up your desk

If you spend most of your day sitting at a desk it’s important that your chair is at the proper height.  You want your knees level with your hips, your wrists straight and supported while you type and your computer screen should be an arm’s length away.   Try not to cross your legs while sitting at your desk and also keep your shoulders relaxed.  Be sure to sit back in your chair and use a back pillow to support your lower back if needed.

Keep Moving

Our bodies function better if we’re not stuck in one position for long periods of time.  Be sure to take movement breaks throughout your day to support better posture. Be sure to take the stairs, go for a mid-day walk and stand up from your desk and stretch as often as you can.

Stand up tall

When standing, try to stand up straight with your shoulders back.  It’s important to pull in your core and stand with your feet shoulder width apart with your weight on the balls of your feet.

Sleep Smart

Don’t forget that good posture isn’t just for the daytime.  It’s important to be mindful of your sleeping posture as well.  If you happen to be a stomach sleeper you might find that you’re having back pain in the morning.  It’s best to sleep in a position that supports the curvature in your spine.  Either on your back with a pillow under your knees or on your side with your knees slightly bent with a pillow in-between.

Start with these tips to help you improve your posture and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle!

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