Would you like to improve your posture this month? A wise answer would be “yes”! After all, good posture doesn’t just improve your appearance; it also improves your health by preventing injuries and the pain they cause. Make it your mission today to learn some good-posture habits that can change your day as well as your life.
The Benefits of Good Posture
Correct posture has so many benefits. For example, it…
- Makes you appear taller and more confident
- Keeps your spine in proper alignment
- Prevents injuries and pain
In addition to these benefits, good posture also reduces stress. The Huffington Post’s article 6 Reasons Good Posture Can Make Your Whole Day Better says, “An improved posture can also help build your resilience to deadlines and to-do lists. A recent study published in Health Psychology found that sitting with good posture when you’re strung out can cut out those negative emotions. Additionally, a straighter stance can also lift your mood. So long, stress.” This benefit alone should convince anyone to improve their posture!
How to Improve Your Posture This Month
Interested in getting better posture this month? If so, implement one of these two tips for a couple of weeks and see if you don’t love the results:
- Strengthen your core – Having a weak core can sometimes promote poor posture. Strengthen your core by doing yoga or Pilates. As always, do not add any new exercises to your fitness routine without first talking with your physician.
- Take “standing breaks” at work – Sitting in one position all day is bad for posture. The Physiotherapy Association of BC suggests taking “standing breaks” during the workday: “Sitting at computers and desks all day puts increased pressure on your spine. After 30 minutes of sitting, you should get up and walk around to keep the flow of blood and fluids to the spine.” Getting up every so often to get a drink of water or pace your office would also be helpful.
The Best Way to Get Better Posture
Although there are general guidelines for achieving good posture, everyone’s posture, body, and needs are different. Because of this, the best way to get better posture is by visiting a physiotherapy clinic.
At a physiotherapy clinic, you will work with a physiotherapist on matters pertaining to your posture. A physiotherapist is a health practitioner who can correct your posture and teach you how to maintain proper posture. “Physiotherapists use a variety of techniques including balance exercises, stability balls, stretches, and other movement therapies to improve posture and bring a patient’s body back to its full functional equilibrium,” stated the Physiotherapy Association of BC.
If you’re ready to pursue perfect posture, reach out to a physiotherapist near you.