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Good posture is a crucial element of being physically fit! Without it, your muscles and your internal organs are put under additional stress and your emotional and mental well-being suffer. But even though good posture is such an important part of our overall health, many of us tend to ignore it. Why? Probably because it’s so easy to overlook. Most of us don’t think about it until our bad posture starts causing or exacerbating other problems. Don’t put off improving your posture any longer. Here are 8 easy steps you can take to improve your posture and your quality of life!
Good Posture Tip #1
Spend a little bit of money and buy my posture brace. Not only is it affordable, but it’s made in the USA, and it’s crafted with thick, elastic straps so that it’s durable. My posture brace allows you to do the work yourself. It simply acts as a constant and gentle reminder to keep your shoulders back and to stand up straight. After just one day of wearing the brace, you’ll feel the results! Your back muscles will feel like you’ve been working out because the brace helps you to stop falling into bad habits. It re-trains you (and your muscles) to maintain the proper posture.
Good Posture Tip #2
If you’re used to putting your wallet in your back pocket, you should stop! That wallet can make you sit at odd angles, which puts extra strain on your back and your legs. For those of you who regularly carry bulky and heavy purses or bags, these items can also throw your posture out of alignment. My ankle and arm wallets make it easy for you to carry money, credit or ID cards, and even your phone with practically no effort. Even better, they won’t have any impact on your posture!
Good Posture Tip #3
While the posture brace is incredibly versatile, there will be times when you can’t wear it. To keep yourself mindful of your posture when you’re not wearing the posture brace, try the rubber band trick. Put a rubber band around your wrist and whenever you feel yourself slouching, snap the rubber band and straighten your posture. This technique is great for breaking a variety of bad habits as it helps you to actively change your behavior.
Good Posture Tip #4
Do you spend a good chunk of your day sitting at a desk? If so, it’s pretty likely that throughout the day your posture isn’t what it should be. Most people sit at their desk with their ears over their chests instead of over their shoulders, as they should. You can make some small changes to keep yourself sitting up straight. At your desk, bring your keyboard, monitor, and mouse closer to you. If they’re far away, you’re likely to slouch forward. Your monitor should be at eye level so you’re not tilting your head up or down to look at it. You can also buy a lumbar back support cushion for your desk chair that will help to keep you sitting up straight at your desk.
Good Posture Tip #5
Don’t forget about all that time you spend in the car, either. Even short car trips can wreak havoc on your posture. In your car, adjust your seat’s lumbar support so that you’re sitting up straight. If you can’t adjust the lumbar support, purchase a lumbar support cushion or use a pillow. You’ll also want to adjust your headrest so that your your head rests straight above your shoulders, not pushed forward or back.
Good Posture Tip #6
Throughout the day, doing posture stretches can help keep you flexible and help keep working toward great posture. Stretches are easy to do and they feel great! While standing, clasp your hands behind your back, pull your hands gently away from your back, and then lean forward. Alternatively, you can stand facing into a corner, lift your arms up and press the backs of your hands against both wall. Then, lean into the corner so that your elbows push back.
Good Posture Tip #7
Take some time to do some deep breathing. One of the benefits of the posture brace is that it expands your lungs. You’ll notice that if your posture isn’t great, it’s not as easy to take deep breaths. Your lung capacity is diminished if you’re slouching forward. But, while wearing the posture brace, it’s much easier to take deep breaths. When your body gets plenty of oxygen, you’ll have more energy and you’ll feel and you’ll look better.
Good Posture Tip #8
This may be the most important tip! Use peer pressure to make sure you’re sticking to your good posture goals. Tell your family and friends that you’re trying to improve your posture and ask them to remind you every time they see you leaning forward or slouching. It may be a little frustrating at first, but in no time at all, you’ll find that you’re standing up straight without needing any friendly reminders.