5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Posture
Maintaining proper posture is important to reduce back pain and fatigue associated with bad posture. Fortunately, you won’t have to practice balancing a book on your head while you walk around the room. Here are five simple ways to improve your posture.
Increase Abdominal Strength
If you lack core strength, it can be difficult to keep good posture. Sometimes, weak abdominal muscles can even change how you walk or stand and puts added pressure on your back. Working toward increasing your abdominal and back strength can help you improve your posture. It can also help you lose weight, stay healthy, and feel better.
Stand Up Straight and Tall
It is simple enough, but many people forget to stand up straight and tall. Instead, many people slouch when they aren’t actively thinking about standing with better posture. As much as you can, think about what it would feel like for a string to lift you up from the top of your head. You wouldn’t slouch your shoulders or look down. The more often that you practice proper posture, the less you’ll have to actively think about it.
Balance on a Wall
You could also try balancing against a wall for better posture. It is a great way to stretch out your body and work on your posture. All you need to do is lay your back against a flat wall. If you work with a personal trainer or a physical therapist for additional exercises that you can complete against the wall to improve your posture.
Bear Weight on Balls of Feet
When we put our weight on our heels, it is natural to slouch our shoulders and maintain poor posture. Putting weight on the balls of your feet can help improve your posture. Just make sure to still stand up straight and tall while you do it.
Invest in a Supportive Office Chair
It’s easy to buy an inexpensive task chair without thinking about it. Yet, many people spend 8 hours or more sitting in an uncomfortable office chair that doesn’t promote a healthy posture. By investing in a supportive office chair that is rated for the amount of hours a day you plan to use it, you can have a better sitting posture at work and remain comfortable throughout the day.
Improving your posture isn’t something that you need to spend a lot of money or time on. Spending a few minutes each day being conscious about your posture and working to improve it can be enough. If you find that you’re unable to improve your posture using these measures, it might be time to work with a physical therapist for guidance.
If you are seeking a customized, innovative approach to physical therapy in Matawan, NJ, please call Matawan Physical Therapy at (732) 662-4400 to schedule your initial assessment.