Posture is much more important than you may realize. It can not only help with our alertness, our mood and our energy levels throughout the day, but it can help us avoid a range of health issues that are better off being cared for ahead of time. While it’s true that a forceful change of your posture may not help in the same way a needed and trustworthy spinal surgeon may do, it can make the difference, and can also help you feel more comfortable in your own body.
But there’s no reason as to why you need to be tyrannical with yourself as you try to achieve this. We think of oppressive finishing schools where a female student is forced to walk with a book atop her head, balancing this as she walks in uncomfortable shoes. None of the advice here will recommend anything like that. In fact, the best posture is often helped through small, careful decisions you make throughout your day, rather than forcing yourself to learn a certain practice.
With the following advice, you’ll see just why this is, and how to achieve this end result:
A solid ergonomic chair can be one of the most worthwhile and comfortable seating arrangements you could ever enjoy. Be sure to invest heavily in this, as your long-term seated health is essential. We often think that a cushioned, well-padded seat is the best sitting experience you can have, but that’s not always the case. In fact, it can be that this is the complete opposite to what may work in the best sense. A firm seat, with good lumbar support, well adjusted, can help your posture completely change for the better as the months progress. As such, it should be your first port of call.
Posture pillows when sleeping can help you sustain the best natural spine curvature and body anthropometry when sleeping at night. Additionally, memory foam mattresses can help align yourself to the natural shape of your body, which can be very useful if you rarely feel very comfortable on soft or hard mattresses alike. A little posture pillow that conforms to your body can be a very cheap investment, but as you spend almost one-third of your life in bed, it can’t be a bad decision to make.
Head Up, Shoulders Back
A simple and quite easy thing to remember is the age-old rule ‘heads up, shoulders back.’ This can help you remeber to fix your posture and stop slouching during everyday life. There’s no reason why this should be extended to a comical degree, but this simple reminder coming into your mind from time to time can help you fix your back and rest more comfortably. We would also recommend using back exercises to make this more comfortable to pull off, and more of a natural resting state for you.