1. Working for hours without a break
It’s no secret that working at your desk for long periods of time without a break can cause terrible back and neck pain, but did you know that this habit can also be detrimental to your posture in the long run?
Posture is like a muscle that you have to train, so if you are training it to be hunched over a desk all day long, without getting up and stretching, or going for a walk, this posture will eventually become your new normal.
To avoid these long-term issues, for every hour that you're sitting or working, get up and do some stretches to re-set your body.
2. Driving for hours without a break
Driving can have similar negative effects on your posture that sitting at your desk does. Make sure to take regular breaks, not only for your brain but also for your posture health. Alleviate some common posture-related issues with these easy adjustments!
- Slightly lean back. Instead of sitting fully up at 90 degrees, lean back a little at 100 or 110 degrees.
- Don’t sit too close or too far from the wheel. A good rule of thumb is to reach your arms out in front and touch your wrists onto the top of the wheel. If the wheel goes up your arms, you are too close, or if only your fingers or hands touch, you are too far back.
3. Looking down at your phone
We’re all guilty of all staring right down at our phones, without even realising it! This is a common habit, but an easy one to break. Even just holding your phone up to your face, instead of looking down at it will help your posture immensely. Consciously give it a go for a week and this will be a great start at breaking the habit!
4. Sleeping on your back or stomach
Sleeping on either your back or your stomach can unfortunately have a negative impact on your posture long-term. A great sleeping position is on your side with a pillow in between your legs. This not only keeps your spine in a neutral position, but the pillow reduces pressure on your hips and knees. This is also a great trick if you suffer from sciatica.
5. Thinking that you can’t fix it!
Everyone can fix their posture, no matter what age! Posture Pal has many helpful resources and information to get you started, as well as our amazing posture products to get the best head-start possible! Check out the Pro and the Stretcher here to begin your posture journey!