Go From Bad Posture to Great Posture!
By Sara Butler
You may think that posture is something that takes a lot of work and concentration. But the chiropractors at The Joint want to let you in on a little secret: It can be very easy. While it does take some mindfulness to correct your posture, there are a few simple tricks you can use that will make proper posture feel normal. As the chiropractors at The Joint will tell you, proper posture is key to a healthy body, so it’s worth the time to make sure you get it right. Here are three tips to help!
Do the Mirror Test
Stand in front of a mirror in your normal posture and take a look at yourself. First, look at your shoulders. Are they rounded, hunched, or perfectly square? Now, look at your chest. Is it lifted or sunken in? What about that chin? Is it jutting out or tucked in slightly? Your head is next. Is it lined up over your shoulder or out in front of your chest? How you stand says a lot about your posture.
Make sure your knees are not locked and that your stomach is pulled in. Now, square your shoulders, slightly tuck that chin, lift that chest, and make sure your head is right over your shoulders. This is correct posture and when you’re in it, you should look and feel good.
Go Find a Wall
Stand up against a wall. Your heels should be about six inches away and your shoulder blades, head, and buttocks should touch the wall. Can you slip your hand into the space between the wall and your lower back? You should be able to fit your hand in there just right. If there’s more than a hand’s thickness of space, then the curve in your back is too pronounced. If there’s not enough space, then arch your back a little so you can squeeze your hand in there. This is the posture you’re aiming for.
Go to your favorite chair and have a seat. Now, put both your feet flat on the floor and bring your knees to the same level as your hips. Your chin should be tucked in slightly while the top of your head is parallel to the ceiling. Your lower back should be against the chair, too. This is perfect chair posture!
Work on your posture and it'll be second nature in no time! If you have questions, the chiropractors at The Joint are great resources.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Magnolia, Tex.