It’s no secret that most people have poor posture and this has no doubt been increased by the rise of modern office and desk-based work. It’s human nature that sitting hunched-over at a desk for 8+ hours a day can have a damaging effect on your posture and you can pick up some very bad habits that only serve to make your situation worse.
When you are spending so much of your day at a desk, good posture is key to minimise aches and pains, improve overall circulation and generally improve your mood and overall comfort. Good posture is always important but when at your desk dealing with the pressures and stress that often come in a work environment, bad posture only makes things worse and can be overwhelmingly detrimental to your mindset and work performance.
So how do we improve your posture, get you out of bad habits and ensure you are comfortable throughout your workday? Below are 3 simple tips to help you manage your posture, check yourself and overall improve your work environment to suit your body better.
Consistently check yourself
As mentioned, bad habits creep up far too often and even if you are aware of them, your body can still fall into them, especially when you are tired from your work. Always remember to check your posture regularly. Are you sitting upright? Is your back firmly against the back support of your chair? Are your legs on the ground? Make sure to check your posture regularly while at work and make note of any patterns you notice. These patterns can then be your focus to work on and steadily improve your posture. Noone’s posture is completely broken, you’ll have good and bad habits. It’s all about assessing your posture and making the right adjustments to ensure a better experience.
Do anything to address joint or muscle pain if you already have it. Make sure you are as upright as possible by checking the configuration of your workplace or the position of your car seat. Since pain doesn't mean you should stop being active, move more. And if you can, ask for some assistance; many workplaces will provide it. Don't disregard the symptoms because posture-related issues can develop at any age.
Get a move on
Part of the problem with office life is that you are glued to your desk, at your laptop or your notepad. Moving around improves your blood flow and allows your muscles to work. Standing desks are quite good for this purpose as they remove the bad habits caused by chairs and they allow for better circulation. However, simply reminding yourself to move or stretch every hour can really help reduce aches and pains. You can also implement a break from your desk into your daily routine and ensure you take some time away from your desk during your lunch break instead of just continually sitting at your desk.
Maintain a good core
Maintain a healthy weight because being overweight can strain the joints and ligaments and weaken the abdominal muscles. Your joints are held in the proper positions with the aid of a strong, muscular core. Build this up with various muscle-strengthening exercises, like the bridge-like spine curls.
A good posture can really help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and improve your mood and overall fitness. Correcting bad posture is not easy and it relies on improving your body as well as your mindset but making sure to follow these simple steps will put you on the right track.
About the Author :
Dr. Hamza Beghdadi, Chiropractor graduated from the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières as a chiropractor and has been serving patients for a decade now at the Roxboro Chiropractic Center in Quebec, Canada. Faithful to the chiropractic mission, he promotes health, neuro-vertebral and an active lifestyle in his patients while offering gentle and effective corrective care. https://www.chiroroxboro.com/en
His philosophy: eat well, think well and move well!