By Brian Acton
If your parents stressed the importance of good posture when you were growing up, you were probably told to stand tall, sit up straight, and stop slouching. But as an adult, you don’t have anyone to remind you to practice good posture (if you ever did).
The health benefits of good posture are numerous, as are the risks of bad habits. But even if you know how, remembering to practice good posture can be challenging - especially when you’ve been slouching for years.
Here’s how to remember to practice good posture.
Establish Mental Reminders to Check Posture
It would be impossible to think about posture 24 hours a day, but you can train yourself to check your posture by setting up mental reminders. The trick is to set up prompts that will train your brain to do a quick posture check. Over time, these prompts can help you form new habits and make good posture second nature.
Here are some methods for establishing posture prompts:
- Leave a colorful sticky note on your computer monitor to sit up straight, and not lean back or hunch forward. Throughout the day, you will check your posture when you notice the note.
- Practicing good posture as you drive is important - you should sit up straight and square your shoulders instead of rounding them forward. Start making a habit of checking your posture when sitting at a stop light.
- When walking, you should stand tall with your shoulders back and your head aligned with the top of your neck and spine. You can try to do a quick posture check whenever you enter a room or stand up from your chair.
- Set a reminder notification in your phone to check your posture - over time, that buzz in your pocket will cause you to do an instant posture assessment.
- Work with a friend or partner who can help hold you accountable and alert you when you’re falling into bad habits.
Design your Environment for Good Posture
Practicing good posture if easier if you create environments that support good habits. The easier you make it for yourself, the less of an adjustment it will be.
Here are some methods for creating environments that support good posture:
- Adjust the driver’s side seat in your car to ensure you aren’t leaning back too far or hunching toward the steering wheel as you drive.
- Adjust your computer monitor to eye level so you don’t have to lean forward or look down to read your screen.
- Hold your mobile devices at eye level rather than hunching forward to look at your phone.
- Use an ergonomic chair that promotes better posture. Maintain proper spinal curvature by using a back support cushion as you sit at home, in the office, or in your car.
- Wear a posture corrector that keeps you standing tall and upright.
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