6 Weird Tips for Fixing Poor Posture

Proper posture. Do you know what it actually is?

This is, of course, putting it too simply (something many therapists won't like).

This posture thing has been so talked about that someone actually wondered if it was all worth it.

Paul Ingraham, a science writer, in his 'Does Posture Correction Matter?' article said:

I believe that many health professionals pathologize posture, exaggerating its importance to justify costly therapy — all with good intentions, of course.

Before you begin to go back to slouching, posture correction actually matters.

The truth is that bad posture can lead to pain, future disability, lack of focus and can actually make you not operate at Your optimal amongst other things.

This brings us to the crux of this article.

How to Correct Wrong Posture

1. Breathing

There is breathing and there is right breathing.

According to Aliesa George of CenterWorks.com there are 3 types of breathing:

  1. Chest breathing
  2. Belly breathing
  3. Back breathing

These basically refer to where you breathe into. Of the three, it is recommended to breathe into the back as a way of improving your posture.

Breathing into your back gives you access to a strong supported middle and can reduce pain in your neck and shoulders.

Here's a simple exercise to help you achieve this kind of breathing.

You are simply unlearning how you breathe and learning a new way.

You need to put in time practicing this. This is not a magic wand that will automatically turn things around. This requires weeks of practice for you to begin to adjust to this kind of breathing that will automatically perfect your posture

2. Awareness

Can you quickly analyze your posture right now before continuing? How would you rate it? Do you think your posture is correct? Were you consciously aware of it before you were told to analyze it?

Being aware of your body is another great way to correct your posture. This is the foundation on which Alexander Technique is built.

Alexander technique teaches that by becoming aware of your body through the technique, you instantly know when your body is out of alignment and can therefore correct this immediately.

Alexander technique also teaches that bad posture is caused by a lack of coordination in the internal support system.

The truth is that while some muscles in our bodies overwork, some hardly get called upon to work. This is what it refers to as a lack of coordination.

Using Alexander Technique (an instructor has to guide you), you will learn to reduce the work load on some muscles and engage others more, causing a balance which will improve your posture.

Check out 52 reasons to try Alexander Technique and find a teacher in your area

3. Use Triggers

Triggers are things that constantly remind you to check your posture.

We've already established the need for awareness. Knowing how wonderfully forgetful the best of us can be, we know that there is a world of difference between knowing you should be aware and actually being aware.

Here are some creative ideas:

Set a prompter on your phone.

You could set something like 'Check Your Posture' and have it pop up every 10 minutes if it won't be too much of a nuisance where you are.

You could also put up stickers around you whether at home or work.

When you go to take something in the fridge, there could be a sticker reminding you to check your posture.

 Get as creative as you can!

4. Use Right Props

What do I mean by props? Anything that can help you achieve your goal. I will also include in this group anything you use regularly which could adversely affect your goal.

Let me explain.

If you work in an office and you have a bad chair and desk, your bid to improve your posture just got near impossible. Your chair and desk are part of your props here and should help you.

What I've just said is that you should make use of a special ergonomic office chair for back pain plus a desk that can adjust to your size and working needs.

This does not end in the office. Check your favorite chair and your favorite spot at home. Does it support a good posture? If it doesn't, change it so it does or make a more appropriate spot your new favorite.

5. Make Bad Posture Painful

It's clear that you cannot correct your posture with sheer acts of will. Many times a deterrent works better.

Remember the idea of carrot and stick? This here is using the stick. Let's assume you've identified one of your most persistent posture issues to be thrusting forward your head and neck while you work,

Here's what will happen, just as you are about to thrust out your neck in your usual manner, there will be a yank that will be commensurate to the force with which you attempted to thrust your head forward.

Yes, it likely will be painful cos that's the idea. Will you do it again? Likely, but for each time you do it, you will receive your friendly yank.

The idea is that by associating a bad habit with an unpleasant outcome, you will over time stop thrusting your neck forward, not because of your new found love for a correct posture but for your fear of the friendly yank.

6. Engage In Different Physical Activities

I stated earlier that one of the things that cause bad posture is the lack of coordination in the internal support structure, where some muscles work too much while some others don't work at all.

It's not just enough to engage in physical activity, it is important to engage in different physical activities. If you always engage in just one physical activity, you could be engaging just a set of muscles.

That will be like going to the gym and only using the dumbbells for your right hand. To ensure all the muscles in your body are properly engaged, engage in a diverse variety of physical activities.

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Adrian Bryant NowLoss.com

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