With so much of our lives spent hunched
over digital devices (you may even be doing it right now as you read this), bad
posture is becoming more prevalent and is having a noticeable impact on our
health and wellbeing.
So, how do you avoid 'text neck', slouching, hunching over and generally
looking like a human question mark? We explore a few easy tips to
improve your posture and set you straight.
A SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE HARMS OUR HEALTH
50 per cent of Australians have jobs that involve
sitting at least some of the time. And that’s not just office workers –
sedentary work can be part of the everyday for many, take truck drivers and
crane operators, for example. It’s not hard to see that a lot of our bad
posture begins, and worsens, with the sedentary nature of our jobs – or even
just getting to work. Studies have shown that the more sitting
we do, the greater our risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, becoming overweight and experiencing depression and anxiety.
that in mind, if we’re going to spend time sitting, it’s important to
put a few, easy steps in place to improve our posture, and ultimately, our
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR POSTURE
your parents or a teacher saying ‘sit up straight!’ or ‘shoulders back!’? They
were on to something. Gently reminding yourself to check in on your posture a
couple of times throughout the day can be all it takes to start becoming more
aware of how you’re holding yourself. Take a moment to ask yourself the
my shoulders back, in a comfy position?
I sitting up straight?
my feet flat on the floor?
my eyes looking ahead and is my neck straight?
my core engaged?
If you answered yes, great!
If there were a few no’s, straighten yourself out with each question.
A Personal Trainer at Virgin Active could also develop a workout routine to help your affected muscles counteract sitting consistently. Learn more on a tour today.
TRAIN YOUR BODY TO PUT POSTURE FIRST
you’re in need of a bit more of a foundation to getting your posture
ship-shape, a Reformer Pilates or aligning Hatha Yoga class could be just what you need.
develop strength through simplicity, with a focus on reinforcing your core,
toning and conditioning the body and honing in on your breathing to add a
meditative element. Virgin Active Pilates and yoga classes are led by highly
trained health practitioners, who will guide you with professionalism and care.
They understand the benefits of good posture, and will teach you how to achieve
it with a few simple steps.
CHIN UP, SHOULDERS BACK
time to cast your mind back again to you at work, or at various points
throughout the day. This time, think about how you want to feel, and how maintaining good posture can help you achieve
that. Instead of that sad human question mark, do you want to feel like a
lively exclamation mark? It’s simple – shoulders back, straighten your back and
you’re nearly there.
you want to build on your posture to really see positive results, it’s worth
checking out the many yoga and Pilates classes Virgin
Active has on offer. Book your tour today!