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How to Improve Posture in Toronto

Last Updated: May 28, 2018

Below are tips on How to Improve Posture in Toronto:

Poor posture or slouching is when your shoulders and back are rounded forward.  This results from muscles tightening or shortening, which can cause certain muscles to weaken as a result of ones daily lifestyle. Poor posture can lead to body pain if not taken care of soon enough. One of the major problems that poor posture can cause is back or neck pain. However, it can also be a determinant of other health problems such as gastrointestinal reflux or simply feeling fatigued.

1) Sit Supported

Ensure that you are sitting in a manner that supports your spine, which will ultimately improve your overall posture. An example of this is sitting all the way back in your chair with your feet flat on the floor, which works to reduce the pressure on your tailbone. Also, prevent crossing your legs as this can misalign your spine. Aim to have your ankles in front of your knees at all times when sitting. Use a back support or lumbar pillow to support your lower back if your chair doesn’t already. If you are working on a computer or laptop, your device should be an arms length away, positioned at eye level.

2) Stand Properly

Improving your overall posture can be contributed to standing properly. To do this you should carry your body weight on the balls of your feet, with your knees slightly bent. Also your feet should be grounded approximately shoulder-width apart. Aim to stand tall with your shoulders angled backwards. If you are standing for long hours, try to shift your weight from your toes to your heels.

3) Stretch Regularly

Whether you work all day on a desk or drive for long periods of time, it is important that you are stretching to prevent your muscles from becoming fatigued. A 5-minute stretch session every few hours can really contribute to improving your posture. Simple stretches that you can do relatively anywhere range from touching your toes to rotating your shoulders. These stretches aim to relax and loosen up your muscles, as they get tense when sitting in one spot for long periods of time.

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