In our last post we discussed why your posture is important to your health. Now we can continue on how to ACE it! Posturemonth.org describes the acronym ACE as Awareness, Control, and Environment.
Awareness is knowing that there is no perfect posture and simultaneously being conscious of your habits. For example, realizing when you are hunching over your phone or slouching at your desk. This awareness is the first step to consciously making effort to improve your posture. Posturemonth.org informs us that college students spend “8-10 hours a day on their phones creating neck pain and loss of mobility.” And they continue that “people who spend 12 hours or more per day seated are at greater risk for diabetes, heart disease, and life threatening falls.” Realizing your habits during the day will help you pave a way to a better posture. Knowing is half the battle, right?
The key to maintain strong posture is your core strength. Control over your core is essential in maintaining a good posture throughout the day. Doing posture exercises a few minutes a day will improve and maintain control over your body. Controlled movement using your core muscles will improve the way you get around and it will keep you balanced. Exercises focusing on these core muscles will improve your posture and reduce the risk of injury such as falling.
Environment is being conscious of how you treat your body in the space around you. There are ways to maintain a good posture through techniques and items in your home and office. Posturemonth.org advises that when you are sitting it is imperative to choose a chair that encourages erect posture. They also suggest trying “a seat support or wedge that supports from beneath by gently tilting the hips forward. Set a reminder on your phone or computer to take frequent movement breaks.”
Ask your chiropractor about ergonomic sleep items as well. Remember to stay conscious and strong while exercising.
Have your chiropractor check your posture this month and see how you stack up!