Updated: Dec 6, 2020
Ever wonder why you always have back pain? Or why your neck hurts when looking at your phone?
We all have the habit of slouching our back when using our phone or going to the gym, seeing a hot chick across you, and began curling the heaviest weight you can in the worst form possible.
It’s important to understand how the posture of your body is ruining your life. Before we go into ways bad posture is affecting your life, you need to know what posture is first.
The way we position our body to sit, stand, or lie down.
Good v Bad Posture
Good posture is important for many reasons. Although it may be a nuisance to not slouch, having bad posture can be detrimental to your health. Having good posture helps you maintain correct form while exercising, which will result in fewer injuries and more gains. If that isn’t enough it should also be noted that Nina Strang, a physical therapist and certified strengthening and conditioning specialist at the University of Michigan, once stated “When we have good posture, the muscles surrounding the spine are balanced and supporting the body equally.” So even though you may not work out, having good posture can have a tremendous influence over your health.
Talk about how our daily tasks are hurting our posture ( like hunching your back while using your phone)
Benefits of Good Body Posture
Reduced lower back pain
Increased energy levels
Increased lung capacity
You can appear taller
Cons of Bad Posture
Increasing your chances of getting arthritis
Pain in your neck, shoulder, and back
How to fix posture
You probably now understand how important proper posture is. Now if you do have bad posture, do not worry. There are many ways to fix it. Here are some ways:
How to sit -
Keep feet flat and rested
Keep forearms and knees parallel to the floor
Keep back straight
Do not cross ankles or knees
Relax your shoulders
How to stand -
Knees a little bent
Stand straight with shoulders pulled backward
Tuck in your stomach
Bear weight should be on the balls of your feet
How to lay down -
Sleep with a pillow
Don’t lay on your stomach
Sleep/lay on your side
If you sleep on your back, put a pillow under your knees.
5 Exercises To Do
(at least put in 5, more is allowed)
Child pose -
Kneel on the floor with toes touching together. Knees should be hip-width apart. Exhale, while lowering your torso between your knees. Your arms should extend alongside with your palms facing down. Shoulders should be relaxed as going to the ground.
Forward fold -
Feet together, keep hands straight and bend forward, all the way down to the floor. Touch your palms to the floor, in front of your toes.
Get into a push-up, position, and then let your arms
rest on the floor. Keep back straight and stay in that position.
Chest opener -
Stand straight, with your hands all the way in front of you. Keep palms together, and inhale while bringing drawing your hands back.
Downward-facing dog -
Lie flat on your stomach. Then lift your knees and hips until you make a upside down “V” shape with your body. Press firmly into your hands and keep your heels slightly lifted. Stay in this pose for a minute while keeping your core tight and straightening your spine.
If you have a posture problem, it’s time to invest in a posture corrector.
These have been proven to fix your posture over time. It’s a comfortable upper back brace that can be worn wherever under your clothes and it will not be seen. This helps relieve pain on your back, neck, and shoulders while creating muscle memory for you to stay straight and in the right position.
It takes time for this product to work, so if you purchase one, stay consistent with it. Many people found this product to help with their posture drastically.
Always consult with a chiropractor if you have bad posture. They are the ones who can really show you ways for you to fix your posture.
Many people have problems with posture. I can’t blame you, standing straight all the time can make you feel uncomfortable. However, we shouldn’t risk it. We don’t want to create a bad habit that will cause us pain in the future and have problems like scoliosis.