HOW TO FIX POOR POSTURE
Correct posture is beneficial to your overall health and wellbeing, as it improves muscle and joint function. You can further improve neck and back pain, boost your energy levels, and reduce your risk of injuring yourself by optimizing your body alignment. Plus, standing up straight with your shoulders scooped 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 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 do some damage while you sleep if you sleep all crazy on your stomach or dump weight into your bottom shoulder on your side! 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 back and in front of you to hold onto. If you must sleep on your stomach (our least favorite choice), place a pillow under your pelvis and under your head and turn your head throughout the night.
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 and lack of body awareness. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, which can cause muscle weakness and tightness, you will likely have some misalignments throughout your body. Sitting causes your hip flexors to shorten, which can lead to hip issues. When you learn how to best align your 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. If you want to gain body awareness, address misalignments and eliminate pain, build your knowledge with our one-of-a-kind membership. Start your S#!t Fixin’ Journey today!