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Healthy Habits for Better Posture

By Donna Stark

If we carried a full-length mirror around with us every single day it might be easier to focus on correcting our poor posture more, but unfortunately, that probably won't ever happen. So instead, we should simply be more aware of how we hold and carry our bodies. Bad posture can lead to everything from back pain to headaches to poor digestion to joint dysfunction. Basically, it can cause a tremendous amount of damage to our overall health and wellness. Surprising? Well, it shouldn't be. After all, we've been told to sit up straight from the moment we could sit on our own. But if you need some guidance on how to improve your posture, try the following tips recommended by your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.

Embrace Ergonomics

You spend a lot of your time at school or work, so make sure that time isn't causing too much damage to your body. If possible, invest in some ergonomic equipment as soon as you can and keep the following tips in mind when you reconfigure your workspace.

  • Adjust your chair so your feet can be placed flat on the floor
  • Select a chair that offers lumbar support or add your own with a rolled-up towel
  • Raise your computer screen so it's at eye-level
  • Keep frequently used items within reach
  • Use a headset if on the phone a lot

Exercise Daily

One of the best things you can do to improve your overall posture is to strengthen and tone the muscles in your core and back. If you are already working out daily, make sure you are including strengthening exercises in your fitness routine, and if you are new to exercise, don't panic! With as little as 30 minutes a day, you can significantly improve the way you feel. Yoga is a great place to start if you don't already practice it. The poses in yoga can help lengthen your spine, strengthen your muscles, and release tension in the body.

Select Appropriate Shoes

Sure, some shoes are more fashionable than others, but don't make the mistake of sacrificing your posture (and your health!) to look good. The perfect pair of shoes should help you maintain proper body alignment, offer excellent arch support, and provide plenty of heel and sole cushioning. Avoid wearing shoes that thrust the base of your spine forward or cause instability as you walk, such as high heels and flip flops.

Leave the Mirror at Home

Improving your posture with the tips above is a lot easier than carrying a full-length mirror around, so do yourself a favor and try to incorporate them into your daily routine. You may be surprised by how quickly your posture is improved and how amazing you will start to feel once you do!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Killeen, Tex.

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