Practicing good posture puts less strain on your joints and muscles. It can even help increase energy and productivity
Poor sitting posture
Tight, sore shoulders and a bad back are just part of everyday life for many people. It might be a common problem for older adults, but not taking good care of your back can leave you with a host of health issues at any age. Take a look at these tips for taking care of your back and see if you can improve your health habits!
If you spend many of your waking hours at a desk, make sure that time is spent in a good position. Sitting for long periods of time isn't healthy, especially if your posture is poor. Keep your back fairly straight. Slouching weakens core muscles and can degrade your spine over time. Also, make sure you have as much lumbar support as your body needs. Your desk should be arranged at the correct height for you to use it without hunching or reaching upward.
Similarly, avoid looking down at your phone or similar device for long periods of time. "Text neck," also called Anterior Head Syndrome, is an increasingly common issue for heavy technology users. Text neck is a potentially painful bent-forward posture of the head, caused by damage to neck muscles and vertebrae. Other activities like reading and drawing can also contribute to this issue if you're spending time hunched over, so make sure you're not building poor posture habits with your hobbies.
Another culprit of back pain may be the way you carry things. Heavy bags and backpacks can do a surprisingly large amount of damage to your spine and shoulders if carried improperly. If you're leaning to one side to carry a hefty bag or briefcase, consider cracking down on the amount of stuff you're hauling around. Your back and shoulders will thank you for eliminating unneeded clutter.