5 Simple Tips That Can Improve Your Posture

October 6 2017

Posture is integral to your overall health as it will give you more energy, less stress, and less fatigue.

Good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement or weight-bearing activities. Poor posture often results to back pain, spinal dysfunction, joint degeneration, rounded shoulders and a potbelly.

To help you avoid complications, below are 5 tips that will help you improve your posture.

1. Avoid Sitting The Entire Day

Whether you are at work or at home, sometimes you may just want to relax and sit. In order to maintain a healthy posture, try to stand up for a couple of minutes every half hour and stretch, walk, or just stand.

2. Maintain A Strong Back

If there are times when you have no other option but to sit in a chair, it’s important to maintain a strong back. Make sure you are sitting up straight with your shoulders dropped. This may not be the easiest thing to do and may need some practice, but it will allow you to focus on your body awareness which will eventually lead to having a better body alignment.

3. Boost Your Vitamin D intake

Having a good Vitamin D intake will help your muscles relax and assist with improving your posture. Our skin can generate large amounts of Vitamin D from exposure to sunlight so take a walk outside on your lunch break and catch some rays! Otherwise, get to eat fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon.

4. Exercise

Doing the right exercises will also help with improving your posture. Light weight-bearing exercises, including stair climbing and weightlifting, will improve your body position. Simply walking a little more has also shown to improve stability in people’s posture over time.

5. Strengthen Your Core

By strengthening your core, you will improve other aspects of your health that will assist with living a healthier lifestyle.

If you have further concerns about your posture or experiencing some complications, you may call Myers Street Family Medical Practice on 03 5229 5192 or The Cottage Medical Clinic on 03 5241 6129 to schedule a consultation with one of our physiotherapist.

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