A lot of us have been adopting wrong postures due to our busy lifestyle, especially people who have to work with the computers. It is very important to keep postures right, which means, shoulders back, straight spine, our computer screen needs to be at your eye level, so that you don’t have to bend your neck to see the screen, etc. Good postures help with breathing and circulation, decrease muscle spasms, and even helps with the mood. It helps you to become confident and remain confident.
“When someone is confident and in a winning mood, they bring their shoulders back, their head over their shoulders and their arms rose up,” says Marvin C. Lee, a chiropractor in Los Angeles. “Good posture is exactly about all these feelings.”
If you think you can’t do anything about your bad posture now or if you think it is too late for that, DO NOT WORRY! You can fix your postures by focusing on how you sit and stand.
At your office, "Yes", work is important, but don't stick to that chair of yours for hours. "Get up at least once an hour to go to the bathroom, bust out a quick set of stretches, or get yourself a glass of water," says Lee.
Well, this may not be ideal for everyone, but using a standing desk allows you to stay upright while working. It avoids slouched-over position which is harmful to our alignment.
"Be diligent about proper posture while working out so you can train the proper muscles to hold that posture while you are at rest," says Dr. Matt DeLeva, another chiropractor in Los Angeles.
To prevent your muscles from tensing up in the same position for the entire day, there are many stretches that can be done while you are seated at the desk. Like shoulder stretches, neck rotation, back stretch and leg stretch. You can try a simple hamstring stretch to help stretch your calves, posterior thigh and anterior thigh muscle or an easy twist.
Yoga is one of the ancient ways of exercising. It teaches you a lot of poses that incorporate back stretches, strengthens your core muscles, and keeps you flexible and relaxed. Yoga also helps you understand your body closely, and hence you pay attention to how you carry yourself.
"Try lifting your chair or putting a pad under you so that your knees are lower than your hips," says DeLeva. This gives you correct curvature to your back and neck. See the image to understand better.