Good Posture Vs. High Tech And High Heels: How To Win This Battle
Healthy posture is important for your well-being, but achieving it can be an uphill battle in a high-tech, high-heeled world.
Plus, having good posture helps you appear more confident and knowledgeable to others.
Simple exercises and stretching can help, and should be practiced often until good posture becomes habit. Developing strong muscles will aid in good posture, too.
Not sure what healthy posture feels like? Try this exercise: Stand with your upper back, shoulders and bottom touching the wall. Your heels should be about two inches away from the wall. There should be a natural curve in your lower back, which results in a slight space between your back and the wall--just large enough to fit your hand.
Now take a step away from the wall and see how it feels to hold that posture without support.
If you're sitting or talking on the telephone, pay attention to your posture then, too. These can place stress on your upper back and neck, which can make your shoulders round and your head jut forward. Tuck your chin back in, lower your shoulders and think of a string that extends from your head to the ceiling, encouraging your spine to lift and straighten. When you exercise, include some diaphragm-centered breathing to release tension and some exercises to strengthen your chest/pectoral muscles.
In addition, make sure your keyboard is at elbow height, so your hands can rest on the desk. Position your computer screens and laptops at eye level. Set your chair so that your feet touch the floor. Take a walk or stretch break every hour.
High heels are also trouble when it comes to good posture. If you're wearing heels, tuck in your abdominal muscles to support the lower back and prevent it from curving too much. Limit the height of heels and how often you wear them. Choose heels that have a wider surface area (not stilettos), which help distribute your weight better.
How Gwinnett Medical Center Can Help
At Gwinnett Medical Center, we treat the whole athlete, and not just after injuries. Sure our fellowship-trained physicians heal broken bones and mend torn tendons, we be also have running experts trained to prepare you for your first 5K and sports psychologists to help the mental side of your game. To learn more about Gwinnett Medical Center’s complete sports medicine program, including our Running Clinic, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org.