Our fitness experts have shared two simple steps to help improve posture. A little practise and you’ll be handing taller before you know it!
Avoid carrying heavy items on one arm/side
Something as simple as carrying a handbag (with enough weight) on the same arm, over time, can have an impact on your posture. The repetitive strain caused by carrying this weight will cause you to subconsciously lean on one side. Ultimately, the core muscles around your abdominals and spine will tighten on one side. This, over a long period of time, can affect the curvature of the spine, thus leading to spine conditions such as scoliosis.
If you do choose to carry a bag on a daily basis, it’s recommended that you carry a rucksack or backpack since these will help to distribute the weight across your back as evenly as possible. This will contribute to long-term health benefits.
Pay attention to how you stand and sit
Each day, we all spend a considerable amount of time standing and sitting, so it’s easy to forget that doing these incorrectly can cause long term health risks. Sitting in slumped or slouched positions, or even leaning back, will put pressure and strain on the wrong areas of your pelvis and lower back, thus compromising the natural curvature of your spine.
When standing, you will likely find yourself leaning on one leg more than the other. As we all have a dominant leg, we will automatically put more pressure on it when we’re not consciously thinking about our posture. However, doing this can cause the pelvis to twist and adjust to the location of the pressure that you’re placing on your pelvis and lower back.
It’s important to ensure that we all pay attention to how we sit and stand, making sure that we’re positioned upright, and that the correct downward pressure is placed on our bones. Over time, training your body to have the correct posture will improve how you sit and stand even when you aren’t consciously thinking about it.