Poor posture isn’t just about looking hunched and slumped – it can affect our entire skeletal system and impact our health as we age. So it’s super important to correct posture problems now before they get set in stone.
Here are some of the most common posture problems, and what you can do to correct them.
1. Slouching while seated
Observe yourself the next time you sit down. Are your back straight, shoulders relaxed, and feet flat on the ground? Many people slump in their chair because it’s more comfortable. But do this every time you sit – and for extended periods of time – and your body will be under significant strain, with tight tissues and muscles.
Practice perfecting your posture by sitting straighter, without sliding down the chair. You could try a plank or back extensions to help override a slouched stance.
2. Rounded shoulders
Another side effect of poor posture when seated is rounded or rotated shoulders. Desk work is usually to blame for this, because hunching at your desk or while using the computer tightens the muscles in your chest and causes the shoulders to round.
To combat this problem, according to an article in Builtlean, you can use a foam roller to relax the chest, and focus on strengthening the muscles in your upper back.
3. One legged lean
When standing, do you often put more weight on one leg? While it might feel more natural than equal weight on both legs, it can cause tension and pain in your back and hips. This can cause an imbalance in your pelvic muscles.
The National Health Service in the UK recommends trying strengthening exercises to correct this posture problem. The plank, bridge, and side leg raises can help.
4. Forward head
Office work sure doesn’t do us any favours! A forward head is another common posture problem caused by slouching over a screen. Doing this over time can cause neck tightness and problems with the upper back muscles. Posture pro Marc Perry recommends using a massage ball on your upper back to support the neck. You should also get into the habit of keeping your head back.Originally published on Aug 28, 2015