If you’re looking to correct your posture, here are five things that you can do to improve your posture. A lot of these tips are simple life changes or can easily be done from home.
Before we talk about how to correct your posture it’s important you understand how having incorrect posture impacts your body. The most common issue with poor posture is pain in the lower back, shoulders, and neck. Slouching puts pressure and strain on the whole back but you are more likely to notice the effects in these areas. Other negative health effects are:
- Bad circulation
- Breathing difficulties
- Digestion issues
- Spine curvature
- Weight gain
These are only some of the issues. Self-esteem and confidence can also be affected by bad posture.
Below are few tips and ideas you can try out for yourself.
1. Be self-aware
Something you can keep in mind to correct your posture and to stop you from slouching is by imagining a string is attached to the top of your head and is pulling your body up into a straight position. Another thing you can imagine is balancing a book on your head, to keep it from slipping off you must maintain good posture. These are just simple things you can think of that will remind you to stop slouching.
2. Strengthen your core muscles
Exercise your core muscles. Strong core muscles will make maintaining good posture much easier. At first these exercises may be uncomfortable but that’s only because your body isn’t used to holding your body in the correct position, but over time you will notice the effect is has on your body and posture. You can find some simple and helpful videos on Lucy Wyndham-Read’s YouTube page. She creates a variety of informative videos on at home work outs, no reason to go the gym! you can now easily exercise in the comfort of your own home.
3. Check how you are sitting at your workstation
Another key factor that can massively impact posture is your workstation. A workstation is the space you work in. Your desk, computer, chair, keyboard, and mouse are all part of your workstation but also the lighting, noise levels and temperature are part of a workstation. Whether you are working from home or in the office, it is so important that your workstation is suited and comfortable for you. We offer a quick and easy workstation assessment that will help figure out any problems your set up may be causing you, and it only costs just over a £1.
4. Set your workstation up correctly each morning
If you’re unsure of how to correctly set up your workstation to suit you, visit the Posture People YouTube page where Jo explains how to correctly set it all up in under 60 seconds.
5. Get extra support with a posture corrector kit
Posture corrector kits are useful for people that struggle with poor posture. They give your body that extra bit of support if needed. Most posture correction kits only include a shoulder brace, but more is needed if you’re expecting good results.
Our Posture Corrector is designed by a Physio and Chiropractor. It includes a resistance band and peanut massage ball. The resistance band is used to strengthen the muscles, which is an important part of correcting poor posture, the peanut ball is used to relieve and tension in muscles. The shoulder brace can be worn discreetly under clothes, and its light weight and comfortable. Using a posture kit is just another step you can take to improve your posture.
Posture Corrector Kit£34.99 (ex VAT)
Using these tips above you will notice a difference in your posture and maybe even your confidence!
Author: Jo Blood. Jo is our sitting guru, regularly asked to contribute to national papers such as The Guardian, and magazines like Grazia. She was even asked to show the nation on how to set up a workstation at home for the BBC Healthcheck Live show. She’s been working in ergonomics for 15 years and is a co-owner of Posture People.