Sitting still for extended periods of time starts early in many peoples lives. We sit still at the school desk and in front of our computers. And most of us look like bended cheese doodles when we look down at out iPads and Cellphones. The fact is that most of the things we occupy ourselves with nowadays is connected with bad posture. So it’s wonder why our posture looks the way it does when our body is constantly being forced into these weird and unnatural positions that we force upon it.
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The list of various symptoms that comes with bad posture is a long and scary one. Torticollis, crick in the neck, back pain, mouse arm, headaches, and the list goes on. The best way to prevent this would be to start stretching and practice good posture in the early years of your lives, but since you’re reading this I bet you already skipped that part. But the good news is – it is never too late to fix your posture.
Just like we spend time on keeping our teeth clean every day, it would be a good idea to start thinking about our posture and start implementing exercises every day. These exercises don’t have to take up much of your time, just like when brushing your teeth. All you have to do is to implement 3-4 small exercises every day, 2-3 minutes per exercise, which in the long run will produce incredible results.
If you’ve had bad posture for many years I would advise you to seek help from a chiropractic to make sure your nervous system gets the best possible conditions to affect your muscles and therefore make your journey to great proper posture easier.
Unfortunately having bad a posture seems to be main stream today, especially among teenagers. We as people need to encourage others to improve their posture again just like the older times. Have a quick look at how it used to be back in the older days, having good posture made you look elegant and somehow important, people with good posture also seemed to get a lot of respect. Nowadays, some people with good posture are viewed as cocky and arrogant, but what people seem to forget is that it also screams confidence! We live in a society where it seems to be perfectly ok to look slouchy as opposed to looking elegant and confident, this needs to change.
Studies show that people who remained proper posture for a few minutes received lower levels of stress-hormones in their blood and higher levels of testosterone, a key hormone to keeping our energy levels up that also contributes to emotional well-being. This shows that good posture is not only good for our physical health, but mental health as well. People who improve their posture have reported that their mood increases dramatically. So by improving your posture you’ll feel much more alert and happy, which increases your chances to live a long, healthy and joyful life.
Four Simple Exercises for Better Posture
- Stand or sit with your back straight. Keep your head high and pull in your stomach to make you look and feel better. Do this at least once a day and remain in the position for 30-60 seconds.
- Breathe in and stretch your spine as you slowly raise your arms over your head as far as you can, do this tree times in a row.
- Lie flat on your bed with your arms over your head and stretch your spine as much as you can for about 10 seconds. Imagine in your head that you’re getting “Taller”. Do this 3-5 times.
- Stand up straight and put your palms on the back of your head. Pull your head back slowly into your hands while giving a slight resistance with the help of your arms. Repeat 3-5 times.
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These exercises shouldn’t take you more than 4-7 minutes a day, and trust me, it’s well worth the investment! The idea of these exercises is to help you improve your posture even when you’re on a tight schedule. Some of the exercise can be performed almost anywhere imaginable, so if you’re at work for example use the exercise that requires a chair. If you’re in public, do exercise number four! Or if you’re anywhere near a bathroom you could be a bit more discrete and perform these exercises there. No more excuses, these exercises are easy to remember and they only require a nick of your time. So if you care about your back, start doing these exercises daily. You care about your teeth, so why not show your back some love.