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Improving posture made easy

published by Valentin Goetz in Work September 18, 2020
Valentin Goetz

01. Find out why correct posture is so important and how you can work on it.

Who wasn't told repeatedly as a child to stand up straight or sit up straight? And yet, despite this constant reminder, we battle with poor posture as adults. Many people want to improve their posture, however it’s difficult to remember to practice and be aware of our posture in everyday life. Many people also don’t know what a correct and healthy posture should feel like. The way we walk, stand and sit is a habit that is deeply ingrained in us. Anyone looking to fundamentally change their posture and improve their health and wellbeing will require a lot of patience during the process.

Poor posture can cause back and neck pain, breathing difficulties, digestive problems and headaches. In order to eliminate these symptoms, it is important to understand the connection between your posture and the issues associated with it.

02. What exactly does posture mean?

The term ‘posture’ refers to the alignment of our body relative to gravity, whether standing, sitting or lying down. Gravity has an effect on the active and passive structures in our body. Good posture evenly distributes these forces and ensures that joints aren't overloaded. Our muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones and fascia structures heavily influence our posture.

03. What causes poor posture?

Bad posture

Long periods of sitting in particular often have negative consequences: shoulders hunch forwards, the head is bowed and the thoracic spine is unnaturally arched. This results in poor posture. Unfortunately, there are many factors that might lead to poor posture. These include genetics, injury or illness. Other causes of poor posture are a sedentary lifestyle, one-sided stresses in the workplace, lack of mobility and flexibility, muscular imbalances or tension and adhesions in the fascial tissue.

04. What good posture can do for you

  • Improves your range of motion
    Your posture influences every movement that you make. An upright and stable posture reduces pressure on the joints and improves your range of motion.
  • Prevents pain
    Poor posture can lead to tension throughout the body. A correct and healthy posture can prevent pain in the back, neck and shoulder area as well as the hips. You'll also be less susceptible to injury.
  • Improves air inhalation
    We need oxygen to keep our body and mind functioning properly. The brain alone uses 20% of the total oxygen requirement, despite this being just 2% of your total body weight. Your lungs need adequate room to work efficiently. A good posture allows you to inhale more oxygen.
  • Increases confidence
    Your posture also influences your psyche. By adopting an upright posture, you'll subconsciously feel more confident. In turn, others will regard you as more self-confident and competent. A win-win situation, right?

05. What good posture looks like and how you can improve it

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Correct posture when sitting at a desk

Correct posture when sitting at a desk

  • Keep your spine in a neutral position so that your ears are over your shoulders and your rib cage is over your pelvis.
  • If your shoulders have a tendency to roll forwards, use a posture trainers such as the BLACKROLL® POSTURE. This will remind you to keep your shoulders in a neutral position.
  • Ensure that the upper edge of the screen is at eye level to keep your head in a neutral position.
  • Your upper and lower legs should be approximately at a right angle, with your knee slightly lower than your hips. An adjustable office chair is useful here as you can adjust it based on your height
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Correct posture when standing

Correct posture when standing

  • The same applies while standing: Keep your ears over your shoulders and rib cage over your pelvis. The upper edge of the screen should be at eye level here, too.
  • Keep your core muscles engaged to hold you upright.
  • Avoid overstretching the knee joints by bending the knee as little as possible. Ensure that both feet are placed flat on the ground.

Your body will constantly seek a neutral position. And you should let it. However, it’s difficult to correct your posture while sitting down. We tend to overcompensate for it. It’s therefore best to stand up to ensure your posture is in the right position. The 4-point plan will help you here.

06. Improve posture with the 4-point plan

1. Tense your buttocks

Place your feet in line with your hips. Push the soles of your feet into the ground and tense your buttocks. This puts your pelvis in a neutral position and supports the alignment of your spine. Now, release the tension and remain upright at around 20% of the maximum tension.

2. Regulate your breathing

Inhale deeply into your diaphragm. To help, you can place one hand on your stomach and another on your chest. Inhale and exhale deeply 6 times. Make sure that primarily your diaphragm rises and falls. On the last exhale, pull your chest down so that it sits over your pelvis. Maintain this position and continue breathing steadily.

3. Tense your stomach

Tense your stomach as tight as possible. Be sure, however, not to change your posture - don’t hunch. Reduce the tension and maintain the position at around 20% of the tension. This keeps your pelvis and chest in the right position.

4. Hold your head, neck and shoulders in an upright position

Your head, shoulders, hips and ankles should form a line when your gaze is looking forwards. Pull your head back and form a slight double chin. At the same time, align your shoulders in a stable position.

Carry out the 4-point plan whenever you notice your posture starting to weaken. However, you should practice this at least every half an hour. You can also improve your posture with exercises that target your postural muscles.

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