Good posture, is, and will always be a topic of discussion. Most of us don’t have it, but most of us are capable of obtaining it. The reason why people have trouble maintaining proper posture is because of whatever device you are reading this article on. Whether it be a computer, or a phone, we are all guilty of spending too much time in front of electronic devices. That means that we spend too much time bent forward and not enough time working on good posture. All is not lost though. Good posture is not a mythical unicorn that only a few lucky high brow people are capable of obtaining. Anyone can have good posture. You just have to work at it.
What is Good Posture?
If you are going to maintain good posture we should probably begin with a good starting point. If you are sitting in a chair let’s start from the ground up. Your feet should be flat on the floor and you should have about 90 degrees of bend in your hips and knees. That’s the easy part.
Next there you want to find your sit bones. They have a much better medical term but we aren’t studying for an anatomy test, so sit bones it is. The way you find the best position for your pelvis is to rock back and forth. When you feel like you are sitting on two bony bumps you want to stop. It should feel like you are sitting on two little golf balls.
Now we can start to talk about your spine. Your spine has a natural curve to it. The problem that most people with bad posture have is their curves get exaggerated. The way to fix that is to feel like someone is grabbing you from the top of your head and pulling up. You should feel like your spine gets longer without losing the position of those sit bones. If you are in the right position your shoulders should be in-line with your hips and your ears should be relatively over your shoulders.
See, that wasn’t that hard was it?
How to Train your Posture:
Now that you know what the right position is, what do you do to maintain it? Like I said in the beginning. Most people are capable of getting there, they just can’t stay there. The solution is using the problem as a solution, those little thinkbox devices. Set a timer on your phone or computer to go off every 30 minutes as a posture check. When the alarm goes off, see how you are doing. If you aren’t in a good position, fix it. After a while your alarm will go off and you will find that you are in the correct position. YAY!!!
If you are having difficulty visualizing how to get into good posture watch this video. It will help you get into the right position and also help you stay there.
Thanks for watching. If you have any questions please contact me here at OrthoCore Physical Therapy. Enjoy your new position with the high brow community.