Do Not Be a Slouch
Correct posture keeps bones in healthy alignment, reduces strain on muscles and joints, and helps prevent back and neck pain — plus you’ll project more confidence. So straighten up with these posture pointers:
- Take short breaks. At work, stand up and stretch to keep your muscles loose and flexible.
- Walk tall. When standing and walking, keep your chin raised parallel to the floor.
- Choose a straight chair. Keep your shoulders firmly against the chair’s back, with your chest lifted, and your upper back straightened. If necessary, use a small pillow for lower back support.
- Sleep tight. Since you spend a third of your life asleep, be sure to choose a mattress that supports your spine.
- Keep a healthy weight. Extra pounds place pressure on your muscles and contribute to poor posture.
- Wear the right shoes. For example, excessive use of high heels can misalign hips, knees, feet, and back. Check with a podiatrist or other specialist for advice.
- Exercise. Pilates, yoga, and walking strengthen the muscles required for good posture.