Where are you reading this article right now? Are you aware of your posture? Likelihood is that you are not sitting with good posture, but hunched over a desk or laptop. Sound about right? If you want to make improvements to your posture, it can be very difficult, and will usually take time and some effort, but the benefits of better posture mean it’s a must for everyone.
Why is Good Posture Important?
Good posture can make you look and feel more confident, look slimmer, and probably most importantly it can offer relief to back pain caused by constantly hunching over.
In our day to day routine; walking, running, sitting, standing, lying, we put strain on the muscles and ligaments which enable to us to do each of these simple activities. Good posture ensures that we exert the minimal amount of strain.
Correcting bad posture doesn’t happen overnight and is something which you need to be aware of as often as possible. Remind yourself as often as possible to make an effort to sit up straight, whether you’re driving, at the office, or at home watching TV, the more you practice good posture, the easier it will become.
6 Simple Tips for Good Posture
1. When at work, avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time. After 30 minutes take a short break, make a drink, have a quick stretch or a few deep breaths…
2. When standing up always try to keep your head straight. It should not tilt forward in front of your shoulders; your ears should be about in line with your shoulders. Always looking forward and to the horizon can help keep your head up and straight.
3. When sitting, ensure that your feet are flat on the floor and in line with your knees. If you find yourself with your legs crossed, uncross them and place them flat on the floor again.
4. Keep your back straight and your shoulders back. A good way of making sure your shoulders are back is to draw a circle with them; first roll them forwards and up towards your ears and then back past your ears and down as far as possible, ending up in a much better position.
5. Make yourself a reminder during the day. If you work at a desk, try a post it note with the word ‘posture’ on it to remind you. If you don’t work in an office, try a note in your car, or set a reminder on your phone.
6. Deep breathing can help to stretch and strengthen your chest and diaphragm. Taking even 5-10 minutes out of your day to do some real deep breathing can help to improve your posture.
Good Posture Doesn’t Happen Overnight, or Does It…?
With a memory foam mattress posture can be dramatically improved. It’s not a miracle cure, and does still need plenty of work as mentioned above, a Memory Foam Mattress can help you along the path to better posture. By allowing your body to sleep in the correct anatomical position by distributing weight evenly across the mattress, and allowing heavier parts of your body, such as shoulders and hips, to sink in to the mattress, offering a high level of support and ensuring your spine remains straight throughout the night.