Kim GregoryComment

How To… Improve your posture

Kim GregoryComment
How To… Improve your posture
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Avoid slouching

Slouching may feel comfortable, but it can lead to muscle strain and pain. Sitting up straight may be hard at first, but it gets easier.

 

Stand tall

To stand correctly, you should imagine a vertical line going down from your ear, through your shoulder, hip, knee and ankle, according to The British Chiropractic Association. Keep your body relaxed while gently engaging your tummy muscles.

 

Check your distance

While driving, you should be able to reach the steering wheel with your arms slightly bent. If the wheel is too far away, your shoulders will feel the strain. Too close and it will restrict your movement, creating tension in your wrists and upper back.

 

Adjust your work chair

Adjust your chair so that your feet are flat on the ground, with your knees slightly lower than your hips. The top of the computer screen should be at eye level. If it’s too low or too high, it will put strain on your neck.

 

Do an anti-slouching exercise

Known as the ‘bridge’, this will strengthen your upper back and open up your chest. Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the ground close to your bottom. Lift up your hips until your knees, hips and shoulders form a straight line. Hold for a few seconds then lower yourself slowly back down.