1. Awareness of Your Posture
This might sound absolutely crazy, but just having awareness of your posture all the time is the first step toward having good posture.
Choose a family member or colleague you work closely with on a daily basis to help hold you accountable for your posture-and-you can do the same for them.
Unsure of the negative, long-term side affects of poor posture? Check out our Blog Post: 5 Ways Your Posture is Affecting Your Health.
2. Drink Water For Better Posture
Hydration is vital for the body. 60% of the human body is made of water and studies show that being dehydrated leads to irritability, muscle and joint pain, headaches and fatigue. So, drink up!
The average person should consume half their body weight in ounces of water per day. Meaning a 200lb person should be drinking 100 oz of water daily, which is about 12-8oz glasses of water, or 8-12oz bottles of water. This should be increased if you add in physical activity and if it’s hot outside!
Don’t like the taste of water? Add fruit like lemons, limes or strawberries to liven it up a bit!
3. Proper Chair and Desk Ergonomics are Essential for Good Posture
Proper ergonomics are VITAL. Ensure your computer is at eye level, your seated properly with your butt back in the chair and feet supported (not on the floor)
Curious how to properly place your computer? Check out our friends at Defy Therapy for ergonomics 101.
Also, consider investing in a standing desk. Stay tuned for more elaborate blog posts about proper chair and computer placement!
4. Stretch Every Hour While at Your Desk
We hear it time and again from patients that this is impossible…but nothing is impossible! Set a reminder on your computer or phone every hour to stand up and do a quick 30-second to one minute stretch routine.
Studies show moving around while working increases energy and actually makes you more productive than sitting sedentary at your desk all day.
We’ll be sharing stretches every week on the blog, so stay tuned!
After years on technology use, our back muscles become weaker and weaker, causing us to slouch more and more. If you’re looking to improve your posture, or maintain the good posture you have, then you MUST implement back exercises into your weekly routine!
You don’t have to go to the gym and pick up 50 pound dumbbells to strengthen your back muscles…try jumping on the rowing machine for 10 minutes, putting on a yoga class on YouTube, or purchasing some TRX/Therabands.
Adding in back strengthening exercises 2-3 times a week will surely help improve your posture situation!
6. Download the Posture Protector App
This is a no-brainer. The average person looks at their phone more than 150 times each day and you can bet it’s with poor posture!
Posture Protector reminds you to hold your phone properly while using it by dimming your screen, vibrating or beeping (your choice).
So, there you have it! 5 (well actually 6) simple things you can do every day to help improve your posture! What are you waiting for, get started today!
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