The older you get, the more you realize what your was parents were nagging you about when you were younger were actually gems to prepare you for the future.
If you would have told me that there would be a point in my life where I would crave for spinach, brussel sprouts, and cabbage, I would have thought you were a.) crazy b.) on an intense acid trip or c.) just down right lying to get a quick chuckle to yourself. However, even at this moment right now, I’m sipping a green juice made mostly of spinach and kale and would kill for some steamed cabbage. Kill might be a little too aggressive for the situation, but I really do want some cabbage right now.
Delicious and fiber filled veggies aside, the one thing that I wished I payed better attention to when I was growing up was good posture. For the past couple of months, while at work, I’ve been catching myself trying to sit up straight in my chair and do stretches in my desk chair all for the sake of improving my posture.
In the end, I just don’t want to be mistaken for a distant relative of hunchback of Notre Dame. #LifeGoal
If you are like me and interested in improving and/or sustaining good posture, but don’t have time, here are few suggestions to improve your posture from the comforts of your desk chair at work or even at home.
- Keep your ears and your shoulders in line – It’s been proven that if you’re leaning too far forward or backward, your posture will slack and cause you to hunch your back.
- Uncross those legs – Feet on the ground will keep you balanced and encourage you sit up straight.
- Pull back your shoulder blades – The first thing I do when I notice I’m not sitting up straight. Instant fix.
- Try using a lumbar support pillow – or even a lumbar support chair. A couple of co-workers put me on to these. They pretty much force you sit up straight without you having to think about it.
- Get up and move every so often – or at least take a long a deep stretch too loosen you up a little. I suggest ever 2-3 hours, get up from your desk. Take a bathroom break, go get a drink of water from the break room or even a 3 minute stretches (examples in next tip) will help a ton.
- Desk Exercises – I do at least 5 of these everyday and they are so appreciated. Plus, it feels like they give me a quick punch of energy and make long days go by a little faster.
If you have any other suggestions, feel free to leave them below!