Bad posture is something that most people don’t think about — until they experience negative health consequences . But numerous studies have shown that it can lead to long-term back pain, fatigue and even migraine headaches. In this guest post, James Hollister goes over a simple action plan for improving your bad posture, with specific habits you can easily add to your day.
At some level I think we all know that we could do better when it comes to our posture.
Even if we can’t explain any of the health benefits or any “real” reasons to get better at it, we still go through periods when we try to work the problem.
Just like any other long term, ingrained habit it can be extremely tough to make any headway. We try for a little while and then give up because we feel like it’s not working or we just forget.
This article should give you some tips on how to make it stick this time.
First – Fixing your posture is all about awareness.
There’s even one of those big Latin medical sounding terms to describe that awareness – proprioception – basically the understanding of our own body and the position of each of its parts relative to each other and to our environment. The problem is that our lifestyles have stifled our awareness. The things around us have numbed our ability to even perceive where certain parts of our body are at any given time.
When we’re thinking about fixing our posture we’re working against decades of behavior, it’s going to take some time to make progress. These are behaviors that go as far back as when you first started walking, crawling even. Lessons you learned from your parents, lessons they learned from their parents.
Don’t give up on yourself though. Celebrate each time that you realize that you’re standing or sitting incorrectly, catch yourself and fix it. Continue Reading →