Thinking about holidays? Worried about weight you have gained during the winter?
Don’t forget – if you make sure your posture is good, you can look slimmer immediately – forget the pre-holiday crash diets – prepare for your holiday by looking at how you stand and sit rather than starving yourselves!
Consumer research from the British Chiropractic Association reveals that a perfect posture ranks highly on the attractiveness scale, with more than half (58%) stating that a good posture makes a potential partner more appealing.
Despite a perfect posture being high on the wish list for a perfect partner, almost a third (29%) of those people surveyed had been told they have bad posture.
If you stand well, you make people notice but also you take a big step in preventing back pain.
For those who have been told they have a bad posture, almost one in five (18%) admit that it bothered them and it seems the younger generation are the most self-conscious, with 24% of 16-24 year olds caring about what people think of their posture.
The picture changes across the UK; Glaswegians are affected the most with 27% concerned by others’ comments and this figure almost halves to 14% for those in Edinburgh. But it’s the Geordies who are the least bothered, with just one in ten (11%) phased by what people think of their posture.
In the customer research it was found that out of those who received remarks about a poor posture, 30% spend the majority of their working day sitting, which is one of the biggest contributing factors to their less than perfect back and neck health as you know from other articles on this website.
SIMPLE STEPS TOWARDS ACHIEVING BETTER POSTURE
• Sit up straight & keep moving: Keep arms relaxed and close to the body and supported if possible if. Make sure the top of the screen is level with the eyebrows and the chair is titled slightly forward, allowing the knees to be lower than the hips and the feet to be flat on the floor. Try to limit yourself to forty-minutes sitting at a time and take regular breaks.
• Don’t drive yourself around the bend: There is almost twice as much pressure on your lower back when you are sitting incorrectly, than there is if you stand up. A relaxed and supported driving position reduces stress on the spine. Allow your seat to take your weight, make sure you are sitting as far back in the car seat as possible so it can support you fully.
• Get fitted: You need a well-engineered bra so your shoulders don’t take all of the strain and end up doing all of the work. Bras that don’t fit will affect the shoulders and chest and may cause back pain as you get older. Make sure your bra gives you enough support as possible.
• Footloose and fancy free: Good footwear is an essential part of having a good posture. Soft-soled, supportive shoes with good grip are recommended. If you’re a lover of high heels be sure to pack your flats for a night out and kick off your stilettos when sitting at your desk.
• At the end of the day: Try adopting a sleeping position that creates less physical stress on the back. For example, lay on your side and not on your front with your neck twisted. When you wake up, try some gentle stretches, before getting out of bed.
If you would like one of us to assess your posture and advise you on the best exercises for you to correct any postural faults – just call us.