If you want to look younger, slimmer and boost your overall confidence, there are numerous things that you can do as your grow older. From eating healthy foods on a daily basis to exercising several times throughout the week, all of these activities require that you pay close attention to what you are doing and how you are managing your day. While these are commonly known proactive measures that virtually everyone knows today, there are some preventive measures that may not be so obvious. One of which is paying particular attention to your posture. In fact, because good posture can be linked to a wide range of great benefits, you should make sure that you know what to do in advance to improve yours whenever you have an opportunity.
That being said, here are 4 things that can teach you how to improve and maintain good posture
#1 – Always be aware of how you are Sitting
Do you have a job or work on projects that requires you to sit at a computer all day? Well, there are a few things that you should be aware of before you start your day. One of which involves the importance of sitting properly when sitting for long stretches at a time. Even though sitting is a natural activity and it really takes nothing for a healthy person to do, sitting upright properly may not be so easy. This is because most people tend to get too relaxed when they have been sitting at their desks working on long complex tasks and projects.
To avoid these issues and the problems that comes with them, you should always be aware of how you are sitting. Even if it means taking a break, getting up and walking around, you should make sure that you are sitting upright at all times. At first, this may be a little difficult, strange and uncomfortable to do, until it becomes a natural habit. So, you will need to continue practicing sitting upright until you get the hang of it.
#2 – Learn what Good Sitting Posture Entails
Most people do not sit in the proper positioning because they usually do not know what the proper sitting posture entails. Therefore, this is something that an individual must learn in order to do it right. So, for those of you who may need a brief overview of what you should be looking for, here’s some tips that can help you to get it right the first time.
- – Make sure the Chair is ergonomically Correct
Ergonomically correct chairs have already been designed with the proper back support for an individual. Meaning it will support the height and the weight of the individual so that they will not sustain worker injuries like carpel tunnel syndrome or the like.
- – When you have the proper chair in the office, you can make additional improvements in your posture. Starting with aligning your back with the back of the chair that you will be sitting in.
- – Practice sitting upright at all times instead of slouching as the day goes on.
#3 – Practice Walking Up Right
Sitting properly is not the only place that may need improvement. Specifically, when an individual needs improvement in their posture as they walk. Therefore, if you are part of the group that has just noticed that you have fallen in a slump as you walk, you can begin to correct these issues right away. To correct these problems, you must practice walking upright and straight up with each step. One of the best ways to go about making these changes involves holding your head up in a position that simulates walking around with a book balanced on the top of your head.
#4 – Perform Exercises that Facilitate Good Posture
In addition to practicing good habits, you can also go the extra mile by incorporating exercise in your daily regimens that will help to promote good form. For instance, you can perform easy exercises like “Snow Angels,” which requires you to lay down on the floor, with your back on the floor and your hands up. Once in this position, you can wave your hands slowly up and down (hands should extend down to the waste). These up and down hand movements can be repeated over and over again, for at least 2 to 3 minutes before moving on to the next exercise.