Chiropractor Says: Try These Tips for Better Posture
By Brandi Goodman
Improving your posture should always be on your goal list. It can help with so many aspects of your life -- from better balance, to improved digestion, and even confidence. Having good posture and standing tall can help you tremendously. Give these tips a try to start making positive changes.
Adjust Your Seat
No matter where it is you're sitting, whether it's at work, at the dining room table, or even in the car, you need to adjust the seat so you're sitting upright. You should have your feet planted firmly on the ground and your back straight -- no slouching. An adjustable chair is the best option because you can move it up or down as needed. When you're in the vehicle, changing your seat so you're sitting an appropriate distance away from the steering wheel is also key.
Adjust Your Sleeping Position
Your posture can suffer because of your sleeping position. If you're regularly found sleeping on your stomach, for example, then you may be waking with lower back pain. You're not going to be able to sit up very well if your lower back is aching. Sleep on your side instead and place a pillow or cushion between your knees so you can keep your spine straight without any discomfort. You'll hopefully wake up feeling refreshed -- no pain in sight.
Adjust Your Weight When Standing
You shouldn't stand in one position for too long. It can quickly make your legs and back ache. Instead, make sure you're frequently adjusting your weight, shifting to one leg and back to the other. This helps you maintain your posture better and prevents an ache from developing on just one side of your body.
Adjust Your Exercise Routine
The exercises you do need to be about more than burning calories and losing weight. You should really focus on core and back-strengthening options that help keep your posture intact. Adjust your exercise routine to include these types of exercises - such as the bridge or a plank.
With these tips in mind, you can make the adjustments you need to your day and improve your posture. As always, whether you're feeling pain or need further guidance, you can stop in at The Joint for an assessment and adjustment. Ask any questions you like to receive further information on just how to help yourself exhibit better posture each and every day.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.