As children we were constantly reminded to stand up straight in an effort to improve our postures. Back then, little did we know that having a good posture was, and still is, actually good for our health. Poor posture can lead to sore and injury prone muscles and joints. Blood circulation is also affected when slouching, and that is accompanied by reduced energy levels. The negative effects of poor posture is compounded when it involves a lot of sitting. "How, then, do we improve our postures?" you may ask. Follow these simple steps.
Many of us spend hours sitting behind a computer screen. It's the nature of our jobs nowadays. One thing to be mindful of is the way we sit. Ensure an ergonomic workstation. Rest both feet on the floor. Relax your shoulders and provide enough back support. Do not slouch.
Take regular breaks in between long periods of sitting. Walk, run, stretch if you must. This helps to improve blood flow. Regular exercise does just the same. Yoga and Pilates strengthen your core and support a straight spine.
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Tension is not only present in muscles. It is present in fascia* as well. Tightness is one area of the body, can result in limited range of motion in the other. Massage is a great way to reduce the tension and alleviate muscle restrictions.
In closing, it all boils down to constantly being mindful of your posture whether sitting, moving or standing. Set alerts to remind yourself if necessary.
*Fascia is connective tissue that covers the muscles.
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