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Bad posture can cause a cascade of health issues including cut off circulation, depression, decreased energy levels, and more. Eventually, bad posture can cause spinal, knee, shoulder, hip issues, reduced flexibility, joint and back pain, and compromised muscles. All of these issues can inhibit your body’s ability to build strength and burn fat. Fortunately, by practicing the exercises listed below you can improve your posture and health.
Draw Your Shoulder Blades Back
By drawing your shoulder blades back, you will force your chest out and avoid rounding your shoulders. Check in throughout the day to make sure your back isn’t rounded.
Uncross your legs.
Sit in a chair and keep both feet on the ground. Don’t stretch your legs in front of you or cross your legs. This will help maintain good posture.
Incorporate desk exercises.
There are several exercises you can do at your desk. Whether it’s desk yoga or doing small leg lifts under your desk, there are plenty of sneaky desk exercises you can practice during work. Check out my Pinterest page for examples.
Engage your core.
Draw your navel toward the spine to help stabilize the spine and engage your core. Sit with your knees slightly lower than your hips with your feet flat on the ground.
Get up and move!
Sitting for long periods of time is terrible for the body. Inactivity results in weaker abdominal muscles, slower blood flow, and thinner bones.
If your job requires you to sit at a computer for long periods of time, make sure to schedule in short walks throughout the day. Another option (if your job allows it) is to work at a standing desk. By integrating motion into your work routine, you will increase concentration and efficiency!
Think of the benefits.
Don’t get lazy – just like exercise you will need a little motivation to continue maintaining good posture. If you ever lose motivation, think of the benefits. Good posture:
– Boosts metabolism
– Reduces the frequency of headaches,
– Keeps you on top of your mental game
– Reduces back and joint pain
– Optimizes breathing
– Improves core strength
– Helps keep your blood pressure in check
– Lowers cortisol levels (the stress hormone)
– Increases self confidence