One hugely important aspect to your health is posture. Is yours as bad as most other people who sit at a desk all day?
If you don’t already know that posture is extremely important, then let us inform you now. IT’S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!!!! Bad posture leads to slouching, back and neck problems as well as a permanently curved back, which isn’t going to fit clothes the way they’re intended to fit.
The good news is that even if your posture sucks, it’s not too late to fix it. You can do these few workouts for 15 minutes per day and drastically improve your overall health.
First, when you’re sitting at your desk, your back should be fully against against your chair and the center of your computer monitor should be at eye level. If it’s not, adjust either the height of your chair or the placement of your monitor.
Next, start making these moves a regular part of your day, whether it’s first thing in the morning or at midday, when you’ve already been sitting for a few hours.
Stand or sit in a comfortable position with your posture upright. Roll your shoulders up towards your ears and inhale. Hold for a second and roll them back down to the start position as you exhale. Repeat 10 times. This is excellent for relieving any tension you may be holding in your shoulder area.
Raise your arms to your side, just below the shoulder with palms facing forward. Pull your arms back and stretch your chest as you inhale and hold for 3-5 seconds. Exhale on the release. Repeat 5 times. This will keep your blood flowing and eliminate your chest from being neglected as it is while slouching.
Standing straight up, raise your right arm over your head so that your bicep is next to your ear. Bend your arm towards your left side and slightly bend at the waist to your left. Hold for 5 seconds. Repeat same routine on the other side. Do each side 5 times. This opens up the hips and lower back muscles.
Stand with your feet together and slowly bend forward. If you’re unable to touch your toes, that’s ok, just reach as far as you can. Hold this for 10 seconds and then slowly return back to your starting position. Repeat 3 times. This is great for your lower back.
Stand at Attention
Simply stand with exaggeratedly perfect posture for 30-60 seconds. Pay attention to how it feels in your back and shoulders. By holding this pose for long periods of time, your body will become more acclimated to being this way.
These five moves are all it takes to secure better posture and a healthier work lifestyle for you. Don’t be scared of being that person who makes the move to a different office chair. If you’re at a desk all day, you should be conscious of how you can make it the healthiest and most productive space possible.