It's easy enough to do, you hunch over your desk as you race to meet that all important deadline, you cradle your phone as you take that vital call whilst still typing away - and then on the way home you lean all of your weight on one leg as you struggle to get comfortable on a packed tube. Finally, you slouch down on your sofa after a tiring day - with a painful neck and back.
Stop Making These Posture Mistakes!
1. Hunched back
Hunching over your keyboard is very common and over time this type of posture can cause shoulder and upper back stiffness. When hunching over a computer - or even a mobile phone, your head tends to lean forward which causes poor posture. Instead of hunching forward, sit with proper posture by keeping your back flat against your chair with your shoulders tall and your head level. Keep your knees level with your hips, or sit with your knees slightly above your hips if seated at a desk. Keep your feet flat on the floor, use a footrest if you need to.
2. Poking out your chin
This posture can be caused by sitting too low, a screen set too high, a hunched back, or a combination of all three. Adjust your seating to improve your sitting habits - lengthen your neck upwards as you tuck in your chin whilst bringing your shoulder blades down and back towards your spine.
3. Cradling your phone
Holding the handset between your ear and shoulder places strain on the muscles of the neck, upper back and shoulders. The neck and shoulders are not designed to hold this position and over time this posture places strain on the muscles and leads to imbalances between the left and right side of your neck. Hold the phone with your hand, or use a hands-free device.
4. Leaning on one leg
Tilting your hips and leaning more on one leg than the other while standing can feel comfortable for a short while, especially if you've been standing for a long time. However, instead of using your core muscles to keep you upright, you place excessive pressure on one side of your lower back and hip. Over time this causes imbalances around your pelvis, which puts strain on the lower back. To improve this posture, try to get into the habit of standing with your weight evenly on both legs.
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