How to Fix Poor Posture
Correct posture is beneficial to your overall health and wellbeing as it improves muscle and joint function. You can improve neck and back pain, boost your energy levels, and reduces your risk of injuring yourself. Plus, standing up straight with your shoulders back and your head held high feels fantastic!
As many people lead mostly sedentary lifestyles, postural issues have started to hit us hard. According to the National Institutes of Health, close to 80% of Americans will suffer from some type of postural issue in their lifetime. Fortunately, you can fix your posture and teach yourself healthy lifestyle choices to avoid posture issues.
Tips for Fixing Your Posture
One of the best things you can do for your body is to move it! If you sit down at a desk all day with your shoulders slumped or rounded forward, try to get up every 30 minutes or so and move around.
Another tip is to learn how to stand up properly and assess your posture to determine where you have any imbalances or unevenness.
One of our favorite tips here at MoveU is to learn how to sleep more aligned. You can injure yourself while asleep! Learning how to place your pillows and which positions are better for your health is very beneficial. If you sleep on your back, remember to put a thin pillow under your head and knees. If you sleep on your side, place a pillow under your head, behind your and in front of you to hold onto. If you sleep in your stomach, place a pillow under your pelvis and under your head (make sure it’s thin).
Common Posture Issues
Poor posture might look like one of the following examples:
- Tech neck or text neck (also known as forward head posture)
- Kyphosis (exaggerated curvature of your thoracic spine; also known as a hunchback)
- Hyperlordosis (when your hips and pelvis tilt forward; also known as a sway back)
- Uneven hips or shoulders
You are at a higher risk of developing musculoskeletal injuries, pain, fatigue, decreased mobility, and decreased respiratory function if you do not know how to stand up right.
If you need help fixing your posture, head over to the MoveU membership where we teach you how to improve your posture with a posture assessment, educational videos, and so much more!
What Causes Poor Posture?
Poor posture is often a direct reflection of your lifestyle. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, which can cause muscle weakness and tightness. Sitting causes your hip flexors to shorten, which can lead to hip issues. Here are some other causes of poor posture:
- Muscle imbalance
- Muscle tension and weakness
- Alignment issues
- Overuse of technology
- Shoes choices
Posture Program to Reduce Pain
MoveU’s comprehensive membership not only goes over how to improve your posture and reduce pain but also how to learn proper body mechanics to ensure your entire body is functioning at an optimal level.