Hints and my top tips for achieving a better posture
I have never considered myself to have bad posture but this month I have taken a renewed focus on my posture. In recent times I have noticed some undesirable habits; hunching over a computer and being slumped on the couch. Coupling this with an increase weight training and less stretching, I have developed tightness through the chest, neck and given my Myo therapist enough work for a weeks.
While failing to correct postural imbalances can lead to injury down the track, it is the discomfort of the aches and niggles felt in day to day life you should seek to relieve. Some of these symptoms include headaches, foot, knee, hip and back pain, fatigue and more. This month I have committed to making the following lifestyle adjustments to ensure that I am reinforcing good habits, which will only serve to compliment my health and fitness goals. I have certain noticed a change in how I feel and would like to share these easy posture hacks now.
- Sit on a Swiss ball at work instead of a chair
- Every 30 minutes- readjust position, roll shoulders back and perform serval spine stretches
- Perform stretching sessions at least once per week to boost muscle flexibility (including neck shrugs, neck crunches, head nods and more)
- Avoid crossing my legs a the knee
- Using my foam roller for 10 minutes before bed each night
- Perform exercises at the gym which will engage posture muscles (traps, shoulders, neck and lower back)
Ange Drake is an personal trainer, women’s empowerment coach and fitness blogger in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. She is the director of one of the few womens’ only strength training gyms in Melbourne, 23W. Ange helps women to learn how to use strength based training, nutritional strategies and a positive mindset to transform their bodies, relationship with food and mind.
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