Is your posture worth preserving? Most would say yes. Interestingly, preservation is a part of our lives in many ways. We preserve food for future yumminess. We preserve events and experiences for future happiness. We preserve our homes for comfort and security. And we of course preserve our health…or at least we hope we do.
Studies have shown that people may in fact spend more time planning their vacations than they do their healthy lifestyle. They may even take better care of their pets, certainly their children, but maybe even their cars than they take care of themselves.
Often, it’s the not knowing what to do that keeps us from that healthy preservation. Preserve the health and function of your spine to help you stay vertical longer!
Here are 3 tips to help improve posture
- Keep your head up and back. This is really the only thing someone wants to focus on in order to keep the posture habit simple. Just like your mom used to tell you, sit up straight! It doesn’t have to be like a robot or perfectly vertical, but for a greater time of the day, you do want to be aware of keeping that head over your body. Letting it croon forward will cause changes over time, in how you look, in how you feel, and in how you function.
- Hold items you’re looking at higher. Cellphones, tablets, laptops, computers, books, etc. typically find us looking down, hunching forward, losing the support for the low back, and just plain wreaking havoc. Instead, try to keep items at mid chest level or higher so that your eyes can do more of the looking down than your neck.
- Every wall and mirror can help! Take the time to stand tall against a wall to realign yourself with vertical. And every time you pass a mirror or use the washroom, give yourself a quick glance from the side to remind yourself to stay tall.
No one can or should try to be perfect all day. However, constant reminders throughout the day can help deter continuous bad posture that will cause problems over time. Some awareness in this regard can go a long way in looking good and feeling great. Use these 3 key posture tips to stay in line. As we chiropractors say, “When the spine is in line, everything is fine!”
About the author
Dr. David Koivuranta is a chiropractor and the owner of the Toronto Neck and Back Pain Clinic located in Yorkville, Toronto. He strives to help improve the health of his community, society in general and internationally one family and one patient at a time.
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