Poor posture is something that not enough people think about. But, besides making you look slumped and like you never got past your moody teenage years, it can also lead to chronic pain and cause issues later in life. You might have adjusted your posture while reading this, but this isn’t enough. It needs to be something more consistent, otherwise, you’ll feel it worse as you grow older.
So, here are a few tips to help set you straight and improve your posture:
Be Aware Of Your Posture
The first step to improving your posture is to be aware of your posture. But, this sounds easier than it is. Being aware of your posture is vital in every scenario is difficult at first, and it can even feel a little strange or uncomfortable.
However, the more aware you are of your posture, the more natural it will feel. This will directly improve your posture, even if it takes some time, and you will start to do it automatically, without needing to think about it anymore.
Accept Comfortable Clothes
Yes, the idea of picking comfortable clothes over clothes that look good will make you feel like you’ve finally accepted being older. But, if you’re serious about improving your posture, you need to embrace comfortable clothes, at least some of the time. Low-heeled shoes are a good first step, as high heels can affect your balance and ruin your posture.
If you are having serious issues, you can also look at posture correctors to wear for the first few weeks or months so you can become accustomed to how standing up straight feels.
Make Your Work Surface Suitable
Besides improving your posture in your everyday life, you should also think about your professional life. In fact, the office (whether an actual office or your home office), is arguably the most important place to improve your posture. You are sitting down all day long for the majority of the week, so understanding effective office ergonomics will ensure you sit up straight while working at the computer.
Ergonomic desk chairs and cushions can also help, as can getting up and taking a walk as often as possible, as this will stop you slumping down as the day progresses, which will severely affect your back, neck, and shoulders.
Get Professional Advice
If you are struggling to improve your posture, a professional will be able to provide all the advice you need to improve your posture. Speaking to a Chiropractor can also give you the treatment necessary for easing out any aches and pains, which can make it easier to adjust your posture. With years of experience, professionals will have all the guidance that you require for both mild and chronic posture issues, meaning there is a solution for any issue you might have.
Improving your posture won’t just have significant health benefits. It will also make you happier and more confident. You will find that clothes fit you better, which means you’ll look better, too. And if this doesn’t convince you, then what will?
*Photos by Tim Samuel