Many of us have built up poor posture habits over time, primarily due to extended time sitting at desks, driving or leaning over while on phones/tablets. It is often easier for us to recognise bad body posture in others than in ourselves. Sometimes we don’t have a clue that we have bad posture and it can be the case that we just get used to the pain which originates from bad body posture.

But the good news is that simple changes in your posture can make a huge difference to how you feel. 

Bad posture can cause drowsiness, headaches, chronic pain, irritation, discomfort, and many other issues. This can originate from poor sleeping behaviour, insufficient stretching throughout the day, maintaining bad sitting, standing and lying posture. We want to challenge you to make good body posture your ‘new normal’.

BENEFITS

Decrease stress on your ligaments & joints

What is good for your joints? A good body posture will help to decrease stress on your ligaments, joints, muscles, tendons and surrounding tissue. Liquids like lymphatic fluid, blood and synovial fluid can circulate adequately and therefore nourish all surrounding tissues. Toxins can be flushed out naturally and faster.

A healthy spine, a healthy brain!

How to gain more energy? The spinal fluid is essential when it comes to nourishing your spine, tendons and nerves. Poor body posture limits the natural flow. When the cerebrospinal fluid flows evenly throughout the back, it will help to eliminate drowsiness, numbness and even headaches, which is caused by poor body posture.

Boosts self-confidence

How to boost self-esteem? A good body posture will help you to feel more confident, more alert and more aware of what is happening around you. As you start to feel the changes, others can easily recognise a difference in your appearance as well.

Exercises

Help yourself with simple moves and changes to feel better. A good body posture is vital. Meglio has picked the most common body posture misalignments, which can be treated with simple exercises.

TEXT NECK

One of the most common postural mistakes is ‘text neck’. Since the arrival of smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices in our everyday life, the burden on our neck has increased tremendously. It is supposed that the load on a hunched neck is 20 times heavier than in a normal position. The consequence can be tight and shortened chest muscles, shoulder, neck and back stiffness headaches and overall discomfort. 

ROLL YOUR SHOULDERS

Take a seat, roll your shoulders back and down and straighten your neck. Now start to roll your shoulders in one direction without compromising the straight neck. Repeat 10 times and reverse the direction.

KEYBOARD HANDS

The large majority of people who work long periods on keyboards have experienced pain in their tendons, forearms and hands. If not treated, this can cause chronic inflammation and a lot of pain. Stretching is a great way to ease the pain and can be done using Meglio Hand Putty.

FOREARM STRETCH

Sit down on a bench, with your back straight. Now, place your right hand right beside you with the back of your hand facing the bench. You should feel a gentle stretch through your forearm. Keep it there for 2 minutes and switch sides. Repeat up to 3 times a day. 

HUNCHED BACK

Sitting straight can feel awkward and exhausting. Many of us tend to hunch our back while sitting, watching TV or just relaxing on the couch. But it can be extremely painful in the long run for your back, especially for your lower spine. The back muscles can be activated and strengthened through straightforward exercises. 

BRIDGE

Lie down on a mat, bend your knees and keep your feet flat on the ground. Activate your core and pelvic muscles, press your feet in the ground and lift your buttock. Keep your arms by your sides to assist with stability. Your body should be one straight line from your knees to your head. Press your glutes together and stay there for 20 seconds. Repeat 4 times and don’t forget to breathe evenly. 

HANGING SHOULDERS

Keeping a straight spine and perfect body posture can feel uncomfortable from time to time since loads of muscles are active all the time. Hanging shoulders can cause severe damage in the shoulder joints, tissue, muscles and ligaments around. Therefor starting exercising now can help to prevent severe impairments. 

PLANK

Come down to the ground on all fours with your shoulders over your wrists and your hips over your knees. Activate your core and pelvic muscles, extend your legs back and tuck your toes. Keep your gaze downwards. Try to make one straight line with your body and don’t collapse in your lower back. Hold for 20 seconds. Make a break and repeat. 

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Donald Duck POSTURE

A ‘Donald Duck Posture’ emerges from too tense lower back muscles and too loose abdominal and pelvic muscles. The problem with this position is an over arched lower back which is predestined for slipped disks. 

SIT-UPS

Lie down on your mat with extended legs. Tilt your hips so that you don’t arch your lower back. Place the legs a bit more than hip-width apart. Interlace your fingers behind your head. Keep your chin away from your chest and lift from abdominal muscles. Pull your elbows towards the sky. 

Summary

The NHS has approved, daily exercises are beneficial in every way. The more you move, the better. Even small exercises can make huge differences in your well-being. Walking for health NHS

Start now with simple changes, and you will soon harvest the ‘fruits’ of a good body posture.

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