Spending hours at our laptops or on our phones can wreak havoc on our posture. Improving your posture isn’t just good for your looks, it’s good for your health too. That’s why we’ve put together four simple ways you can improve your posture – starting today.
- Visit a chiropractor
A visit to a chiropractic clinic may sound like a luxury, but it’s actually one of the best first steps when it comes to fixing your posture. You can speak to a professional about your posture and health, get to the root of any problems being caused, and make adjustments to your joints that will help increase movement, reduce tension, and make keeping a good posture easier.
- Less screen time
Reducing time spent on our laptops, tablets, and phones isn’t always easy – especially if you’re working from home. All that screen time, however, has a negative impact on your posture and your neck and back health.
Take regular breaks to stand up and walk around if you’re working on a computer all day. Do activities in the evening that support good posture rather than damage it, such as walking, cooking, or yoga.
If you are stuck on your laptop all day, set a timer to go off every half hour. Spend a few minutes standing up and walking or stretching out and when you sit back down, check your posture and ensure you’re not slouching over your laptop.
- Daily back exercises
Whether it is time spent strengthening your back at the gym or doing some simple exercises each morning or evening, exercising your back daily is vital if you want to improve your posture.
There are lots of online guides, tips, and tutorials to show you ways you can exercise your back. These five simple exercises to reduce the ‘hunchback’ posture caused by office work are a great place to start.
- Sleep properly
Good posture shouldn’t only be maintained while you’re awake, it also needs to be kept up in your sleep. You might wonder how to do this since you can’t check your posture every 30 minutes while asleep.
There are, however, some easy ways you can ensure that your sleeping position helps rather than hinders your posture. Try to keep your ears, shoulders, and hips aligned as you settle into your sleep position. If you turn over, try to turn your whole body as a unit rather than twisting parts of your body.
If you sleep on your side, a firm pillow between your knees will support your hips, spine, and lower back. If you sleep on your front, a flat pillow under your stomach and pelvis will also support your spine. And if you sleep on your back, ensure your pillow supports your head and neck fully, and consider putting a small pillow under the back of your knees to support your spine.
A good posture ensures you have good spine health as well as supporting the nerves, muscles, and joints in your hips, back, neck, and shoulders. These tips will help you on your way to having a great posture – even if you’re stuck on a screen all day.