Many of us spend considerable time sitting in front of a computer or hunched over our smartphones, which often leads to poor posture and mobility issues of the neck, shoulders, and back. But the good news is that improving your posture is easier than you think! In this blog, we’ll share some of our favorite tips and stretches you can implement immediately to improve your posture and feel better daily.
Whether you're working at the office or just want to implement better movement habits, these easy-to-follow tips will help you sit up straight and say goodbye to aches and pains.
The Benefits of Better Posture
Practicing good posture is a critical factor in promoting optimal spinal health and mobility. This involves correctly aligning your body while standing, sitting, exercising, and walking. When you retrain your muscles with new habits to operate as they should, you can help prevent unnecessary strain on your spine, reducing your risk of back pain and other posture-related issues.
Good posture also helps reduce daily fatigue by ensuring that your muscles are working efficiently and not overcompensating for one or the other. Practicing good posture and stretches that promote it regularly can improve your overall mobility and physical and emotional well-being.
Besides promoting good health, correcting your posture can also provide pain relief. Poor posture can contribute to back and neck pain, headaches, and even digestive issues by putting unnecessary strain on vital organs. Sitting up straight and engaging your core muscles can relieve tension in your back and neck, reduce stress on your spine, and improve circulation to your muscles and other parts of your body.
Correcting your posture can also improve your breathing, allowing more oxygen to enter your lungs and giving you more energy. This feeling can keep you motivated throughout the day and enable you to focus on your other goals—no matter what they are!
What is “Good Posture”?
Simply put, posture is the position in which you hold your body when standing, sitting, or lying down. Whether at the office, the gym, or lounging at home, ensuring that your spine is aligned correctly can go a long way in promoting overall physical wellness. While “good” can look different for everyone, here are the general characteristics to look out for:
Stretches to Improve Your Posture
Incorporating simple exercises and stretches into your daily routine can help strengthen your muscles and create better movement habits. There are three main components that can improve your everyday movement when it comes to posture, they are:
This physical component will allow you to open up and create better mobility in stiff areas contributing to bad posture. The increased range of motion, blood flow, and improved movement patterns will significantly impact your posture.
Building up the muscles and training them to operate correctly is vital to how your posture functions subconsciously. These things are firing without you even knowing, like an engaged core, that will help you feel your best.
Everyday habits that lead to bad posture include slouching, looking down at phones and computers, carrying bags, and even excess body weight. Recognizing these patterns and adjusting throughout the day is the first step to retaining your body & improving muscle memory for optimal function.
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