The way you sit matters a lot to your overall health in the long term. Ironically, not everyone adheres to good sitting habits until they start to experience the adverse effects of poor posture. Good sitting posture reduces the risk of backaches, joint pains, arthritis, muscle strains, and all other forms of health complications.
Failure to practice good sitting posture increases your chances of all the above-mentioned ailments. Although some of these ailments can be corrected, it will take considerable effort on your part for them to be reversed.
In this article, we will share with you 8 tips on how to maintain a good sitting posture while at home, or work. We are also going to show you 7 bad sitting habits to avoid so you can maintain optimal health and general wellbeing. Now of course we recommend getting a back brace to help combat poor posture before it even begins and AlignPosture stocks some of the best posture correctors in the correctors in the country.
These good and bad sitting posture tips will be listed under dos and don’ts. Read along now.
- Always keep your shoulders in the same line as your ears while sitting. Also, make sure your shoulders are relaxed and never flexed for whatever reason.
- Sit upright while eating and make sure your belly is not in a tight position. Your spinal cord and back must be straight to allow easy passage of food into your stomach and also to prevent indigestion.
- While typing on your PC, make sure your torso and thigh regions are 90 degrees from each other. This means you should be sitting in a very upright position facing the PC. Your PC screen should be in your direct line of sight, not under or over.
- Use a chair that can be adjusted up and down to fit your height. An adjustable chair also allows you to set it in such a way that your feet can rest flat on the ground.
- Your chair should come with an adjustable armrest as well. This allows your elbow to remain close to your body at all times.
- A padded seat is also a bonus. This will give some cushion and better comfort.
- When sitting, make sure your hips are in a horizontal position parallel to your knees.
- Lastly, avoid extended stays sitting in front of your PC. Always learn to take a break at least every 30 to 45 minutes to rest and then resume. This allows blood to flow back to your body, wrists, and fingers.
- Avoid slouching when sitting on a couch or your workbench. This may be tempting to do especially when we are tired and need to take a break.
- If you must slouch, don’t stay in this position for more than a few minutes at a time to avoid putting pressure on your spinal cord.
- We have mentioned this already, but for reiteration, don’t stay in a sitting position for a long extended time. Take time every 30 to 45 minutes to walk around and stretch your muscle and back region to maintain a steady flow of blood.
- Sitting for too long also cuts the flow of blood to the pelvic and leg regions of the body. So be advised.
- Avoid putting your body weight on armrests. As the name suggests, it is an armrest and meant only for your arms and not your body. Leaning your whole body on the armrest can put your spine out of alignment. Always try to hold your body weight by sitting in an upright position.
- Avoid crossing your legs while sitting. This may be seen in some cultures as a classy etiquette whereas, in reality, it can have serious health consequences in the future. Crossing of legs is known to cause varicose veins, especially in women.
- Lastly, do not sit on bar stools for very long. Because of their high nature from the ground, you are bound to sit in a perched form for a long period. This can put pressure on your spinal cord and also cut the flow of blood to your feet.
If you are suffering from poor posture, slouching and joint pain due to poot sitting posture then you may want to consider purchasing a posture corrector! Currently, we stock four styles & types of posture correctors: