Why Good Posture Improves Your Health
If you remember your parents telling you to sit up straight, you should know that they were only thinking about your health. Slouching is not good for your back muscles, it also lowers your energy levels. Americans today spend way too much time sitting. When you have poor posture, it stresses your joints and makes you appear sloppy. Fortunately, with conscious thought you can improve your posture.
Benefits of Good Posture
Why should you work on your posture? Good posture:
How to Achieve Good Posture
If you’ve been slouching and standing improperly for years, it might take time to correct your stance. But in the long run, you’ll feel better. Here are some tips that can help you get started.
Check your posture against the wall to see if you’re standing right. Put your shoulders and bottom against the wall. The back of your head should lightly touch the wall. The first time you do this, it might feel unnatural. If it’s uncomfortable, you might want to talk to a physiotherapist who can assess joint and muscle problems. Practice standing tall, with your earlobes lined up with the middle of your shoulders. Relax your arms and avoid tilting forward.
Check Your Workstation
Having poor posture when you work will take its toll on your body. Your feet should be flat on the floor when you are sitting. Make sure your desk is at the right height for your body. The right seat height is level with your knees. While you’re sitting at your desk, your ears should line up with your shoulders. Draw your shoulder blades back and down to keep your chest up and out. This prevents rounded shoulders.
Get Up and Walk Around Regularly
Change positions about every 15 to 20 minutes to keep your blood flowing and avoid muscle stiffness. Stretch or take a walk. Be intentional about having good posture.
Good posture is good for your health, but you should keep up with regular doctor checkups. Learn how Sackett & Associates Insurance Services can help you find health insurance coverage that fits your needs. Get more information by liking us on Facebook, finding us on LinkedIn, subscribing to our blog or sending us a message through our online portal.