Posture affects more than you might think. Your posture can impact everything from your energy levels to tension in your shoulders and neck to your confidence level. Good posture also improves overall spine health, so you can live a healthy, pain-free life. So, how do you improve posture health and what can you do if your posture needs work? Today, MoveU explains why it is important to have good posture and how to fix common posture issues like slouching and tech neck (also known as stressing out the neck muscles through too much phone usage).
Why Is Poor Posture Bad for Your Health?
Poor posture might start in one area of your body (like your neck) and then travel to all. areas of your body, increasing pain and discomfort. Here are some other reasons how poor posture can affect your life:
- Neck and back pain
- Joint degeneration
- Spinal dysfunction
- Poor circulation
- Tension headaches
- Jaw pain
- Trouble breathing
- Tight pelvic floor
Can You Fix Bad Posture?
You can fix poor posture with the proper knowledge and support. It just takes some time and a big commitment from you to do so. At MoveU, we recommend taking matters into your own hands by diving into our membership to learn how all your body parts are connected and which exercises you can do to improve your posture over time.
How to Improve Rounded Shoulders
The best way to improve your rounded shoulders is to strengthen your back and learn how to stand properly. Some exercises you can do to strengthen your upper back to help correct rounded shoulders include but are not limited to the following:
- Push ups
- Scapular wall slides
- Shoulder corkscrews
It is important to note that you need to remember to exercise proper form while doing these movements. We cover all this and more in the MoveU membership, so do head on over to it if you have any questions.
Here are some tips on how to avoid rounding into your shoulders by learning proper posture:
- Place your feet shoulder width’s distance apart from each other
- Keep your weight in the balls of your feet
- Avoid locking out your knees
- Guide your belly button towards your spine and engage your core muscles
- Pull your shoulders back and down
- Keep your head level and look straight ahead
How to Improve a Hunched Back
You can improve a hunched back by strengthening your upper back muscles and restoring your spine’s natural cervical curve. Increased muscle tone will help pull your shoulders back into their natural position and improve the alignment of your head.
How Long Does It Take to Fix Bad Posture?
Fixing your posture is like any habit, so it can take some time for your body to get adjusted to your new stance. Like any other habit, it could take anywhere between 4 to 6 weeks to 6 months to 1 year to start seeing some changes in your body. However, you could see changes earlier or later depending on the severity of your issues and your commitment to fixing your sh!t.
Why Is Good Posture So Important?
Good posture means good health overall. There are a wide variety of benefits to keeping your body aligned, including that doing so helps reduce pain, increases energy, and boosts your mood. Having good posture means a better quality of life.
Ways to Improve Your Posture for Good
If you want to feel better, move better, and live better, learning how to stand up properly with good posture is step one. You cannot exercise and move your body properly if it is out of alignment already. The best way to improve your posture for good is to learn how to do so from the experts. Fortunately for you, we have a comprehensive fitness, mobility, and alignment membership, called the MoveU membership, that you can access any time you want.
Check out the MoveU Membership today and let us help you with your posture.