Although improving your posture might be a difficult and time-consuming thing to do, it can help you look and feel better. If you find yourself often slouching, take some steps to improve your posture in all aspects of your life, from walking to sleeping. Even though it takes time to improve your posture, you can use some tricks to help you remember what are the correct ways to keep your posture, as well as try out a few exercises to strengthen your muscles.
Here are four ways how you can improve your standing and walking posture:
1. Find your center by standing straight – in order to do so, keep your chin level the same with the ground, your shoulders should be back, and your stomach in. Let your arms fall naturally by your sides. Here is how you can do it:
Position your feet about shoulder width apart, in the same way, you would position them if you are working out.
As you stand tall and straight, imagine a string coming from the ceiling, pulling you upwards. You will need to keep your lower back inline and do not move to your tiptoes. Techniques, like the visualization one, can guide you to keep the proper position.
2. Use a wall to learn correct posture – stand with your back against a door or a wall. You will need to touch the wall with the back of your head, shoulders, and behind. You should be able to slide your hand behind your back, and there should be only a little bit of space. If you have more space than that, pull yourself back towards the wall in order to flatten your back a bit more. If you cannot slide your hand behind your back, arch your back so that you are able to. Try to hold this position as you move away from it, and if you are uncertain if you are doing it well, you can recheck it.
3. Use a posture corrector – posture correctors are probably the easiest to use in order to correct your posture. You will need to put on the corrector on like a backpack, then pull it to adjust until you have the right posture. It is extremely easy to put on, and you will not need anyone’s help. You will be able to stand, walk, and sit in the right posture, so you will not have to remind yourself to stand straight, it will do the job for you.
4. Choose supportive shoes for standing, walking, or running – choose the correct shoes that have the right padding in order to help you hold your posture straight. Additionally, make sure that you have good arch support since a good posture starts with your feet. Avoid wearing high heels, since they can change the body alignment and if you are standing for a long time, add padding to the floor in order to get additional comfort.
Having a good posture can help relieve back, neck, and leg pains that you might be feeling. It will also help you perform tasks in a more efficient and easier way.