Posture Crimes the Average Person Commits

Good posture, the internet, and clean gutters, three things that aren't immediately apparent, but they impact your life in more ways than you can possibly imagine. Unlike the latter two, posture immediately impacts your health. Maintaining a good posture helps reduce fatigue, neck pain and headaches, all common problems in the work place. While we don't know much about cleaning gutters, plenty of us at Platypus have back issues. By avoiding the bad posture habits in this article, you will notice subtle changes to your health that will make you feel healthy and confident!

Poor Sitting Habits

The obvious pointer for good sitting posture is sitting up straight. But did you know that the chair your using has just as much impact on your posture as your muscles do? If you spend most of your day sitting at a desk, having the ideal chair for your height and weight is critical to the tried and true "sit up straight" tip. While you're sitting, be sure you're in the "sweet spot" that facilitates ideal posture. This means your feet are on the floor, your arms are flexed at no more than 90 degrees, and you aren't leaning forward.

Avoid Standing On Your Heels

Improving your posture starts at your feet. Rather than resting your weight on your heels, make a conscious effort to keep your weight on the balls of your feet. By putting your weight on your heels, your body naturally slouches. Standing on the balls of your feet may feel unnatural, it is important to remember that if you've had poor posture your whole life, any good posture techniques won't feel natural!

Don't Sit Too Long

Even if you have mastered the perfect sitting posture, the human body is not designed to sit for prolonged periods of time. If you work a desk job, make sure you take frequent breaks to get on your feet. The time spent up can double as extra practice for your improving your standing posture!

Stop Reinforcing Bad Posture Habits

This one is fairly obvious, but still needs mentioning. Most people are so accustomed to their poor posture, they forget they're slouching altogether! Correcting these issues is easy, if you want to re-calibrate your posture, stand with your back against a wall to remind yourself what good posture feels like. If your head, shoulders, and butt are the only parts of your body touching the wall, then you're doing it right!

A good rule of thumb for improving your poster lies in centering your head. Imagine like you're trying to touch the ceiling with the top of your head. The result is the rest of your body naturally doing what is constituted as good posture (putting your weight on the balls of your feet, squaring your shoulders, etc.). Regularly practicing on your posture and being conscious of mistakes is the best way to improve. Keep at it every day and before you know it, slouching will feel uncomfortable!

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