How to Improve Your Posture

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As I sit here writing this post, I am curled up on the couch with what I can only imagine is my spin in a funky shape. The human body is amazing! We can move, twist, roll, bend, stretch, dance, and run. It’s important to treat it right.

Your spine protects your nerves and keeps your body in balance. Throwing it off by slouching could lead to discomfort, imbalance, and injury. Not to mention that we all look better when we stand up straight and tall! Give it a try!

  1. Workouts – Yoga and Pilates focus on a strong core, these muscles will hold your body up and in. Check out a DVD on Netflix or here are a few workouts online: Women’s Health, Fit Day Stretches, Web MD.
  2. Adjust Your Desk Chair – “The top of your computer screen should be at or slightly below eye level, and the desk height should allow your forearms to rest comfortably at a 90-degree angle. Work with your feet flat on the floor and your back against the chair.” Source. What a difference it made for me when I lowered my desk chair a few inches.
  3. Stand Up Straight – Stand with your chin slightly up, shoulders back, pull your belly button up and in, slightly tilt your hips forward. Check out a visual here.
  4. Sleep With Your Spine Aligned – Wake up feeling refreshed! If you sleep on your back, support your neck with a pillow or if you sleep on your side, have a firm pillow that will keep your head and spine aligned.

So I am going to set out a challenge, tomorrow focus on your posture. Stand up straight, sit at your desk correctly, and see if you notice a difference.

Sources

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/health/25consumer.html

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/better-posture-exercises

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/healthy_living/back_health/hic_posture_for_a_healthy_back.aspx

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