Bad posture causes a myriad of problems relating to the neck, shoulders, and back. It can also alter hormone levels in the body, give you a headache, and even affect how you breathe.
If you’re used to sitting a lot because you have a desk job, it’s even more important for you to maintain good posture because repetitive motion causes aches and strains.
There are a number of things you can do to ensure good posture at your desk job. From taking regular breaks to stand and stretch to elevating your computer so you’re not forced to look down to type, a few small ‘hacks’ to your daily routine works wonders in improving how your body feels at the end of the day.
Here’s what you need to do to make your posture at work better than it was before.
Desk Job? Follow our Tips to Maintain Good Posture
1. Take standing breaks.
When a person stands a lot, they want to sit. Because you’re seated all day, you’ll want to stand up and stretch. For every hour of work you complete, take a short five minute stretching breaking to stand up, clear your mind, and prepare you to tackle the rest of your work day.
2. Use an exercise ball in place of a chair.
When you use an exercise ball as your seat, you’re forced to sit upright on an exercise ball to maintain your balance. There’s no slouching allowed and you’ll have good posture again before you know it without putting much thought into it.
3. Set an alarm.
Sometimes, you may get in the zone of working and start slouching without even knowing it. Consider setting an alarm to go off once per hour to remind yourself to sit up straight. This cue might help you maintain a better seated stance.
Improve Your Posture
It’s not easy to maintain good posture in an office atmosphere but by being mindful of how you’re sitting and the amount of time you spent seated, you can easily correct your behavior before it takes a toll on your body. You don’t need etiquette class to learn how to sit up tall. You do, however, have to keep in mind all the negative things that happen to your neck, shoulders, and back when you slouch.
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