Don’t Let Your Desk Get the Best of Your Posture
It may be harder to maintain great posture if you’re holding down a desk job, but all hope is not lost. Good posture not only prevents annoying and sometimes debilitating pain, but it can help with better digestion, energy and focus. That’s right, sitting up a little straighter might just make you better at your job. If you stay conscious and follow these simple tips you’ll do your body a world of good:
- Stand Up Straight: Many people try to “stand up straight” by sticking their chest out, but this doesn’t work. Trying to muscle your way to good posture will only make things worse. Instead, engage your stomach muscles and tilt your pelvis forward slightly until you feel relief in your lower back. Also, pull your chin in so that it’s as if there is a string pulling your spine up through the top of your head. These two small adjustments will quickly have you standing – or sitting – tall.
- Relax Your Shoulders: be aware of tension that can build in your shoulders throughout the day. Periodically pull your shoulder blades down your back and let go of any tightness that’s bringing your shoulders to your ears. Also, keep your keyboard at a comfortable distance from your body and make sure you have support for your arms while you’re typing.
- Use Your Legs: Crossing your legs at your knees can disrupt your circulation. To keep your blood flowing freely and to support your torso as you sit, plant both feet comfortably on the ground and sit with your hips just slightly higher than your knees.
- 20/20/20: This rule will make you feel so much better – not only will you experience less pain from bad posture, but you will also gain more awareness of your body and lower your stress levels. Every 20 minutes, look at something more than 20 feet away from your desk for 20 seconds.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.