- Lower back
Posture is key to health. If your posture is not as it was meant to be, you'll experience pain sooner or later.
How do you sleep? How do you pick up something from the floor? How's your posture, right now, reading this article? Time for a check-up — 7 Postural Habits You Must Make Now to Increase Your Health.
1. Squat Down. Picking up something from the floor by bending over stresses your lower back. The heavier the object, the greater the stress.
The correct way is to Squat down: bend your knees.
Squatting down relies on your leg muscles. Consider Strength Training if you have weak legs. It will make it easier.
2. Sleep On Your Side. Lose the habit of sleeping on your stomach or back:
- Sleeping on the stomach is bad for your neck.
- Sleeping on the back is bad for your lower back.
3. Shoulders Back & Down. Slouching the shoulders leads to rounding of the upper back. This stresses your neck, elbows & wrists.
- Sitting at your desk
- Driving your car
- Performing a Bench Press
4. Weight on Your Heels. Never put the weight on your toes: it's bad for the knees. Put the weight on your heels when:
- Climbing stairways
- Walking around
- Sitting on a chair
5. Head Back. Especially if you're a desk jockey. Letting your head tilt forward stresses the neck muscles. Put your head back & tuck your chin in.
6. Back Straight. Two postural habits that will eventually cause problems:
- Excessive rounding of the back; or
- Excessive arching of the back
7. Move More. You sit too much. Sitting for extended periods of time causes lower back problems. Move more. I know it's not easy, but you need to. If you're a desk jockey: get up every 30mins, stretch all muscles, then get back to work.
Print this article & put it somewhere you can see it daily. It will remind you to check your posture. A big reward will await you 10 years from now.
Mehdi is author of StrongLifts.com, a blog about Strength Training, nutrition, lifestyle & attitude. His articles include the Anabolic Diet & the Beginner Strength Training Program.