Why It Matters
Bad posture leads to unwanted tension in your muscles and can lead to injury during exercise.
Do you constantly feel like your muscles are in knots that need several days worth of massage to straighten out? Chances are this will have something to do with your posture. Stand taller and feel looser with these posture reviving tips.
1. Make it a foam party
If you have bad posture, you're likely to find you also have unwanted tension in your back and neck. Use a foam roller to loosen up your back muscles so that you can stand tall comfortably. Place the roller on the floor and lie with your upper back on the roller and your feet flat on the ground. Roll slowly up and down, and alongside each side of your spine, to increase blood flow and help to alleviate tension. Repeat the process with a tennis ball to target trigger points.
2. Eyes up
Find yourself staring at more concrete than sky when you're walking? Bring that eye line up to straighten out your neck, bring your shoulders back and keep your spine straighter. This will reduce the pressure on your neck and upper back, and provide you with a much better view...
Keeping your body flexible and free of tension is key for improving posture, so ensure you're stretching your entire body before and after exercise. If you're looking to boost flexibility, make sure you're stretching after your showers as this is when your muscles are already warmed up and loose. Make sure you're using The Recover Capsules every morning and night to ensure your body has the nutrients it needs for healthy muscle recovery after exercise.
4. Get creative
Try out a new sport that makes you work for a straight, lengthened posture. Ballet is the best example of this, but if your tights are at the dry cleaner's, swimming, weight lifting or yoga are great too.
5. Start from the ground up
Make sure you're not wearing a pair of shoes to death - and look out for soles that are being worn down on one side more than the other, which suggests uneven weight distribution when you walk. A good pair of shoes are designed to support your posture and stride, but won't last forever. So renew them when the soles wear down, and use insoles if you need them!
6. Double strap it
Avoid carrying heavy bags on one shoulder whenever possible - if you have to, be sure to switch across shoulders rather than punishing one.
If you're at a desk all day, get up and have a walk around as often as socially acceptable... Have your screen as close to eye level as possible, and check out a standing desk if you want to show off how well you are to your colleagues. When sitting, keep both feet flat on the ground rather than crossing your legs, as this will ensure you are keeping your hips straight, which will translate to a straighter spine.
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