So I want to share with you these 5 simple posture hacks that you can implement into your daily lives straight away but first, I want to ask you a quick question.
Do you suffer with aches and pains but can’t seem to find a reason for them?
I’ve been there and to be honest with you, I didn’t enjoy it what so ever.
I was forever wondering “What on earth is wrong with me?“, or questioning myself on what I was doing wrong.
That’s when I learned a bit more about my body, such as possible reasons why I was constantly in pain and learned how it was more than likely my posture that was the issue.
I had a ton of bad posture habits and I didn’t even realize it.
I was doing things like:
- Leaning and resting my weight on one leg
- Hunching over my computer
- Sitting for long periods of time without stretching
To be fair, it was no surprise my overall posture was awful, I brought it on myself!
That’s why I want to share with you these 5 posture hacks, so you can get rid of these horrible habits and finally end the pain too.
The benefits to changing a few simple things, which we’ll get to in a moment, can and will have a positive impact on your posture, so long as you actually take notice of these posture hacks and use them to your advantage that is!
If you’re dealing with problems such as, waking up with a stiff aching neck, shoulders or upper back then I’m sure you’ll learn something here that will help, after all that’s why GetCorrectPosture was created!
If you’re having trouble with your hips and lower back then there may be something here for you to pay great attention to also.
Why These 5 Posture Hacks Will Help
As I briefly hit on above, poor posture habits can and often will be the root cause to these unknown pains some of us might experience.
The problem with habits is, we do them without even thinking about it.
So, while I can show you these hacks, you also need to remember them in order to actually stop doing those bad habits.
These simple posture hacks are going to show you some really simple ways, which you may not have thought of, to help reduce or completely stop those unknown aches and pains you keep getting.
What I’m not going to do however, is send you out to go buy this product or that product.
None of these posture hacks require any special equipment and often enough, even if you have bad posture, you don’t need any special equipment, such as a special pillow, although sometimes they can help.
So, without any hesitation, here’s the list.
5 Stupidly Easy Posture Hacks
Hack 1 – Utilize Your Pillows
Pillows, yep, you read that right, pillows.
How many are you using?
Are they big puffy pillows or are they not so puffy flat pillows?
One common problem I hit on above was having a bad neck, shoulders or upper back in the morning.
Some people are using a crazy amount of pillows, lifting their head and shoulders so far up from the mattress, forcing the upper back into an exaggerated arch.
The problem here is that you’re extending the muscles in the back of your neck and upper back and having these muscles extended for long periods of time puts immense strain on those muscles.
If you’re using lots of pillows or even just a couple of big pillows lifting your head quite high then stop doing so.
Use a couple of smaller flatter pillows instead or if you like big and puffy use just one. Your head should be as close to it’s natural alignment as possible while your neck should be supported. Your back too should be flat on the mattress.
Posture pillows help because they are great for supporting the neck, however, as I mentioned, I won’t be telling you to go get one, instead, try rolling up the bottom of your pillow slightly so you have a good support under your neck, like this:
Hack 2 – Stop Leaning and Practice Standing Properly
Have you ever had to wait in a queue or perhaps pick up your child from school and decided to lean against the rail, wall or similar on one side of your body?
Perhaps even standing up freely but resting your weight down on one leg?
Poor choice, poor choice indeed.
Resting your weight down on one side of your body puts pressure on that side of your hips. Putting all of this weight on one side will force that side of your pelvis to tilt.
The problem with having a tilted pelvis is that it can sometimes be difficult to correct it. Releasing the hard to reach hip flexors and extensors (the muscles that become tight causing forward hips) can be a nightmare.
My advice to you, stand up straight and evenly distribute your weight between both legs, it’s your legs that are there to support your weight, not your hips.
Here are some more problems with leaning on one leg.
Hack 3 – Lift Your Head Up
How much time do you spend on your personal phone?
I see it all the time, it doesn’t matter where I go or what I do, even just pop to the shops, I’m forever seeing people looking down at their phones.
You already know having too many pillows strains the muscles in the back of your neck, well looking down at your phone is exactly the same.
Having a forward head or “text neck”, as it is often referred to as, is what is giving you that pain in your neck.
Just like all of these posture hacks, the solution here is simple, lift your arms up!
That’s all there is to it, keep your head up and lift your arms up towards your head, if you still need to look down then look down with your eyes and not your head.
Hack 4 – Choose To Walk
You might be wondering why I would include something like this in a list of hacks, after all it’s just walking right?
Well yes, it is just walking but how many of you actually choose to walk, providing it’s a viable option, as apposed to drive?
Do you prefer a quick 2 minute drive to the shops or walk 15 minutes instead? The same goes for work, do you live close enough to choose the walk option instead of drive?
If you have the choice to walk then you should walk, even if it is just 2 or 3 times a week.
With many people sitting down for work, driving to and from work, then sitting down again at home, it’s no wonder the human population’s posture has gone to pot!
Walking is an overall great exercise and the same can be said as to the benefits to our overall posture too.
Walking is a great exercise to help stretch and loosen tight hip muscles caused from sitting down for long periods of time.
So, if you can, definitely try to implement more walking into your daily routine, there are lots of reasons to walk more as detailed by Mark at Marks Daily Apple.
Hack 5 – When You Do Sit, Sit Properly
I’ve already told you how sitting down for long periods of time causes tight hip flexors, giving you forward hips but what if you have no choice and had to sit for long periods of time?
This posture hack simply involves sitting properly when you have no choice but to be sitting.
While you are sitting, perhaps at your work desk, it’s important to do what you can to limit your posture related difficulties.
Don’t be tempted to hunch forwards at your desk, or even when you’re sitting on your couch at home.
Preferably you should sit back and make sure to support your back. Sitting back in your chair stops the tendency to hunch forwards.
Get your butt as far back as feels comfortable too, this way you won’t be tempted to slouch either.
So there you have it, that’s the 5 posture hacks list brought to an end.
The amazing thing is, utilizing these 5 posture hacks will, without a doubt, help you become more aware of other bad habits causing you poor posture related aches and pains.
That way you’ll be able to take action in stopping them yourself.
If you want to learn more about specific posture problems, along with how to fix them, you can visit this page.
Thanks for following along, I hope you have learned some useful posture hacks that you can use yourself and don’t forget to share with your friends so they too can learn a few simple tips!
Try some of these posture hacks for yourself and come back and let me know how it went for you in the comments section below.