While it sounds much easier to slump lazily and keep your eyes glued to multiple screens, upping your posture game can have numerous benefits. Having a good posture not only prevents unnecessary neck aches and shoulder pains, but also makes you look taller and appear more confident.
Work that core
You may not have a good posture due to the lack of a strong core. When you are stressed, you typically use your shoulder and neck muscles to hold that tension. This typically translates into the rounded posture we see typically associated with long hours spent in an office cubicle. Making sure that the muscles in your back, hips and abdominals are strong enough to support your body weight will allow you take some much-needed pressure off your shoulders and neck.
Your poor posture may be due to your lack of general awareness about posture and what constitutes “good” posture. While keeping a tall chest, neutral spine and an upright neck is typically advocated, it’s important to know that good posture is in fact dynamic. The body is made to move and should not be kept locked in one position for an extended period of time. To combat this tendency and increase body awareness, consider participating in mind-body activities such as yoga or tai chi. By improving your flexibility, strength, and endurance, you are likely to be more conscious of your posture even after exercise.
Having a professional masseuse work their magic can also increase the blood circulation of muscles to help relax and strengthen them. A relaxed muscle reduces pressure on sensitive nerves caused by misalignment, which ultimately releases tension and pain in your body. If massages are too expensive, practicing self-myofascial release techniques works just as well! With tools like foam rollers and trigger-point therapy balls, you can choose to be as thorough as you want with a level of intensity that best suits you.
Posture is predominantly habitual, so take note of your posture whenever you’re doing things that involve sitting, standing or walking. As these activities will be where you spend the bulk of your time, using them as stepping stones will help you to develop the habit over time. You’ll feel/see the difference soon enough!