During the month of February we will be featuring wellness tips to promote a stronger, healthier lifestyle. Please check back each week for our “live well, work well” series.
Posture is something that most people don’t think twice about. We tend to sit or stand in whatever way feels the most comfortable at the time. However, poor posture can wreak havoc on a person’s body, causing back and neck pain, muscle fatigue, digestive issues and even breathing problems.
Many Americans work at jobs where they spend most of their days sitting in front of computers. They then often go home and continue to sit after a long day at work. In the winter, individuals may spend even more time sitting when temperatures drop and outdoor activity becomes more difficult.
Spending many hours a day sitting and looking at a computer or a phone can lead to tight muscles in the back of the neck and upper back, which places stress on your bones and joints. Slouching or sitting in a scrunched position can also compress your abdomen and interfere with normal digestion.
To avoid the dangers associated with poor posture while sitting, make sure your computer monitor is at eye level to avoid straining your neck by constantly looking down. In addition, avoid holding a phone on your shoulder throughout the day. Instead, use a hands-free device like a headset or one with Bluetooth capabilities. Taking the time to stretch and strengthen core muscles can also help correct muscular imbalances.
Poor posture is something that affects you more over time. By taking steps now to be conscious of your posture, you can decrease your chances of developing joint pain and improve your overall well-being.