Are you experiencing upper back and shoulder pain? Or is your body just feeling… off? Chances are, posture might have something to do with it.
Posture mistakes are one of the most common causes of general bodily discomfort in people of all ages. Part of that is due to the fact that even though it seems like you’re not exerting your body, you’re actually putting it in all kinds of funky positioning. Over time, a hunched back, strained neck and tense shoulders can harm our bodies more than we think.
The following are just a few of the ways you’re ruining your posture (and therefore your body), and how you can improve it.
You sit for too long
Whether you’re at work or on the couch, sitting for extended periods of time takes a huge toll on the body. If possible, take some time to stand up and stretch it out.
Your feet aren’t flat on the ground
Feet should always be at the ground, preferably at a 90-degree angle, to avoid stressing your body in any odd ways. When in a chair, make sure to check in on your feet positioning every once in a while.
You’re not sitting back in your chair
Use your chair to your advantage. The angles of your seat are made to support your body as best as possible.
You sit too far away from your desk
Move forward and sit beneath your desk to make sure you’re not leaning too far over. If you sit too far away, you’ll feel the pain in your upper back and neck from crooning over your desk and computer screen.
You put an uneven amount of weight on each side of the body
Leaning on one leg or the other when standing up, bending over to the left or the right side of the body on your feet or in a chair, or shifting your weight forward can cause unwanted pain, even without exertion.