“Sit up straight. Stand up straight.” It’s likely you’ve heard these commands before from your mom as you were growing up. While it may have been annoying, it was coming from a good place.
Posture is an important part of your health. When you slouch, your organs are cramped, so they don’t function as well as they should. This can make you feel tired, which can disrupt your productivity throughout the day.
Standing or sitting up straight can be difficult for many people. It means holding your body up, and not everyone has the muscle power to do it. It’s why everyone should work on their posture daily — so they can build the muscle strength needed to hold up the body in an optimal position.
The following are some of the ways you can improve your posture right now.
Yoga is a great exercise for posture. Through different movements, you can strengthen the right muscles to help your posture. Over time, you will notice you can stand and sit up straight without even noticing. This is because yoga can align your body as well, so everything inside and outside ends up in just the right spots.
The bonus is yoga helps with stress levels. Since stress can often make people slouch because they feel heavy with burden, the stress relief helps people’s posture as well.
We know we just mentioned yoga, and it is exercise. However, this time we are referring to other forms of exercise such as a seated stability ball row, spinal stretch, stomach massage and prayer pose. All of these strengthen the muscles to help your posture.
Get up From the Desk
If you spend most of your days in front of a desk, be sure to get up and walk, stretch or stand every half hour. This will keep your body from becoming used to a sitting/slouching position.
Try Lumo Lift
If you’re having trouble reminding yourself, try this cool device that will sense when you are slouching and alert your smartphone of it. You can then straighten yourself out until it senses you’re back to slouching again. Lumo Lift can also track your activity to help you get out from behind that desk you’ve been sitting at for hours.
Take Vitamin D
Vitamin D supports bone health. It’s what makes calcium work in your body. When you have the nutrients and vitamins in your body to make your bones strong, you will find it much easier to improve your posture. Most adults need 600 IU of Vitamin D a day.
While supplements are easy to take, it’s better to get the vitamins and nutrients your body needs from food. Actually, studies have found people who take calcium supplements are at a higher risk of heart attacks and kidney stones. Try to get enough calcium in your diet through dairy such as milk, yogurt and cheese to help you stay away from a lot of supplementation.
Remind Yourself to Sit Up Straight
You can put yourself in the habit of sitting up straight by simply reminding yourself to do it. Being mindful of how you are sitting and standing can do wonders for your posture. Anytime you notice you’re slouching, straighten your back. Over time, you won’t have to remind yourself so much.
Now you know how you can start working on improving your posture. Take these tips and start using them today. Before you know it, you’ll have the best posture you’ve ever had in life, and your body will thank you.