We know you spend hours at the gym. Sometimes, you go for long walks and even follow some diet. You’re working very hard! After all, getting great posture isn’t that simple, from sitting at an unusual angle to holding your phone in a certain way.
In this article, we are discovering some methods to get proper posture. Just keep reading until the end!
8. Organize Your Workstation
We often spend 8 to 10 hours at our workplace. If your job involves a computer, you stare at a screen, sometimes having to bend closer to look at it. If you want to develop good posture, this habit needs to go.
You can start by adjusting the screen at eye level. Use a laptop or desktop stands to achieve this. It may seem insignificant, but you’d be surprised how tiny adjustments can help you.
There is more to a good posture than just working out. Arranging a workstation will help you sit with a proper pose. All you would need to do is hold that posture. On that note, let’s go to the next point.
7. Maintain your Posture
The posture you usually chose to keep is the one that stays with you. So if you can manage to hold your ideal posture every day, it would slowly become your habit. It may seem like a simple thing to do, but it is harder than it sounds.
Especially if you tend to lean back or forward.
In that case, we would suggest that you make a habit of sitting or standing in a relaxed position. The sooner you get used to it, the easier it will be for you to get proper posture.
We must warn you though, maintaining good posture is harder than getting to that pose.
So you would have to be patient and not give up if you fail to hold this position in the beginning. It won’t be easy. It will be very uncomfortable. Don’t give up though. Keep trying! Who knows? You might achieve your goal.
6. Avoid Wearing Heels
Whenever you wear heels, your body needs to readjust itself. This is so you can manage your balance better. Unfortunately, wearing heels also affects the way you walk, stand or sit.
Keeping that in mind, we would suggest that you avoid wearing heels.
In case you like wearing them, maybe you can reserve them for special events. Just don’t wear them regularly; otherwise, it will become harder for you to get your ideal posture. This is acceptable for both males and females, as even some men’s shoes have high heels.
If you want to ditch those shoes, you can opt for a flatter kind.
There are many types of shoes, starting from loafers to sneakers and formals. Maybe you can wear those. Don’t want to compromise on your heels? Well, you don’t have to. There are many other options in this article, just like the next one.
5. Sleep The Right Way
You may prefer sleeping on your back. Or perhaps you’re a side sleeper. Both of these methods are wrong if your back is not straight.
Your head needs to be in a comfortable position too. This way, your spine will get used to the posture. Keep doing this every night to see results.
If you sleep on your back, avoid sleeping with a fluffy mattress. Instead, use a firm one that will help you position your body and head properly.
If you sleep on your side, you can achieve the same thing by going for a mattress that is neither firm nor fluffy.
In case you have trouble keeping your body in posture while sleeping, open the next point.
4. Train Your Muscles
Now we aren’t talking about hitting the gym, but other things like Tai chi and Yoga. While hitting the gym is essential, we shouldn’t turn our backs on other alternative options.
Tai Chi, in particular, is very helpful in achieving good body posture. This is mainly because of the different poses that you have to take while doing Tai Chi.
All these poses help you get a proper posture. On the other hand, Yoga helps you by relaxing the muscles. It has been proven in a study that Yoga helps to make the muscles more flexible. Usually, flexible muscles are easier to get into the posture you want. This is mainly because stiff muscles are hard. They are also susceptible to muscle cramps.
As a result, it would be better if you start either Yoga or Tai Chi. Oh, and these exercises also have other benefits. For example, tai chi can help with blood circulation and prevent cardiovascular problems. Alright, let’s get to the next point…
3. Do Breathing Exercises
Breathing is a natural function for us. Unfortunately, due to air pollution or allergies, many people don’t get to inhale air properly.
For people like that, breathing exercises would prove to be an excellent way to relieve themselves. Breathing exercises help to clean up nasal tracts, which help you breathe better.
This will allow your body to inhale more oxygen.
As such, your body will be more relaxed, and it would be easier to get into the posture you want. Just don’t try to invent your breathing exercises.
Go to someone who knows about these exercises and learn it from them. Breathing exercises put pressure on our chest, nose, and lungs. So it is always better to learn them properly. Wait, we aren’t done yet!
Time to talk about the next point. You may have heard of this one before.
2. Sitting in a 135-Degree Angle
There are many times when you might have preferred to sit on your back. Well, you can consider it as experts believe that sitting 135-degrees is suitable for your posture and your back.
Many of you likely changed to 90 degrees, thinking it seemed more straight. That is how you end up ruining your posture.
When you force yourself to sit at a 90-degree angle, it will never stay that way. After a few days, you will feel the urge to bend forward a little bit. That way, you will not be able to reach your goal of getting a good posture. So make sure that you practice sitting at a 135-degree angle every day.
Do you find sitting at 135-degrees a bit too hard? Then you can try one of the other methods we have talked about. Breathing exercises and straining muscles can be good alternatives to sitting in a particular way. Moving on…
1. Holding Your Phone
Do you have a habit of leaning forward while sending a text message? If yes, it’s about time you changed that. When you do something like this, your body gets used to leaning forward. Resulting in a poor overall posture. Instead, here’s something you can do.
Take the phone in your hands and keep it at eye level. Or lean back and use it. The idea is to make sure you don’t lean forward. Leaning back at around 135-degrees could be very helpful as we have already mentioned.
Another thing we recommend is that you try to limit your screen time. We are already living around enough screens at the moment. If all you do is sit in front of a screen, it’s not just your posture that will be negatively affected. It will also hurt your vision. So use your screens properly!