5 Ways to Improve Your Posture

Good posture is important for everyday health and can help to maintain a healthy body and eliminate other health problems. Good posture can help you to avoid neck or back problems. These can reduce the chances of getting things like headaches and stop your muscles from aching. Posture sounds like such a simple thing, but it is tricky to maintain on a day to day basis. It is important to try to work on your posture, though. Back problems can be such a pain, so if you can avoid it, then it is worth it.

A pain in the back or neck
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Use Your Imagination

Each day, you should start thinking about imagining a ruler or a piece of string from the top of your head. You should imagine that someone is pulling it upwards towards the ceiling. If you can visualise yourself in correct posture, it will help you on your way to correct posture. You should also walk as if you are carrying a book on your head. This will help you to avoid slouching. You need to keep your head straight and looking forward. It will help you to look better when you walk too.

Use a Mirror

It is a good idea to look at yourself in a mirror to see how your posture is at the moment. When you are stood straight, you want squared shoulders, your chin up, chest out, stomach in and your feet forward. Your hips and knees should be in a neutral position too. It might feel unusual at first, but it will become natural in the long run.

Visit a Specialist

If you have back or neck pain, it is a good idea to see a specialist such as the  Neck & Back Institute. They will be able to help you work on issues that you currently have, so you can start working on your new posture without pain.

Work on your Posture, Even When Sleeping

It can be near impossible to know what you are doing when you are asleep. What you do when you are sleeping can affect your posture when you are walking, though. If you struggle with your posture then getting a firm mattress is a good option. It will help to support your back properly as you sleep. Don’t overdo the pillows while you sleep either. It can affect your neck and have it rest in an unnatural position. Nothing worse than waking up with a sore neck.

Performing the crunch
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Strengthen Your Muscles

As well as making yourself stand or it in a certain way, you should work on making your muscles stronger. Then your body will hold good posture more easily. It will reduce the chances of you getting muscular pain too. Some of the muscles that you should be working on are your stomach muscles. Doing some crunches regularly will help to strengthen those muscles. You should also work on your upper back and chest muscles. Things like push ups will help unless you can attend a gym. Then lateral pull downs will help as well as using a chest press or pectoral fly machine.

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