A lot of people, even our patients at Doylestown Sports Medicine Center, often underestimate the power of great posture, why your posture is so important, and the endless benefits it can have on your lifestyle.
For most people, their time likely spent sitting at a desk or in a car driving, standing for long periods of time, lifting things, looking after kids, or sat on the sofa watching the latest television shows. If you have bad posture doing these things throughout your day (and it isn’t dealt with correctly) it can seriously affect you and your lifestyle in the long run.
This blog post is full of vital information about your posture, including what it is, why you need a good posture, and how to make sure you’re giving yourself the best chance at lowering your risk of neck, shoulder, knee, hip, ankle, and back pain as you get older.
Your posture is, quite simply, the position of your body.
Simply put, this is the way you hold your body when you’re sitting, standing, and even lying down.
Having a good posture means that you’re putting the least amount of strain on your muscles and joints, allowing proper blood and oxygen flow, and putting yourself at a lower risk of developing joint and muscle issues in the future.
People who look after their posture and hold themselves correctly are less likely to experience back and neck pain, which can lead to life-changing problems such as Sciatica.
Having good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, and relax in a way where there is the least amount of strain on your muscles and ligaments while you’re moving, lifting things, sitting down, and sleeping.
Poor posture can cause problems with blood circulation in your body, can contribute to chronic fatigue as you aren’t allowing your lungs to fill up with oxygen correctly, and cause chronic pain in your neck, back and shoulders.
If you don’t watch your posture and the way you’re moving, this can cause wear and tear on your body, which could end up leading to break down and eventual injury.
These injuries would make everyday life a whole lot harder.
These healthy habits are something that everyone needs to incorporate into their life.
1. Sit Up Straight
This tip might seem obvious, but you’d be astonished by how many people go through their day-to-day life slouching, and not taking care of their back.
If you have an office job, then adjusting your seating when you’re sat down for a long period of time is the first step to taking care of your back. The features of the chair you sit on are there for a reason – to make you feel supported!
If you stand up at work, then standing up as straight as possible really does help.
I know it can feel like a relief to rest your body weight on one leg while giving the other leg a break, but this is pretty much how not to stand. Make sure that you’re spreading your body weight evenly across both legs… this helps to keep your posture right and helps you to feel more comfortable while you’re standing.
Get up and move!
The best time to get up and moving is when you feel your body start to slouch a little and you begin to find it hard to keep a comfortable position.
Try to get up from your chair every 30-minutes or so and do a few stretches or walk around for a few minutes. Think of this as a tea break for your body, once you’ve done this, you’ll more than likely feel refreshed and ready to start working again or to get on with your day.
Try to stay as active as possible and ease yourself into exercising regularly.
For more tips on how to put an end to back pain and stiffness – without taking painkillers and without risking surgery….
Click here to download a free copy of DSMC’s popular back pain report. www.dsportsmed.com/back-pain/