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5 Posture Positions That Are Killing You, And How to Avoid Them

5 Posture Positions That Are Killing You, And How to Avoid Them

Do you often find yourself slouching in your chair, or hunching over your computer? If so, you’re not alone. Many people adopt bad posture without even realizing it. This can lead to long-term health problems. In this blog post, we will discuss five common posture positions that are bad for your health, and how to avoid them. Let’s get started!

1. Sitting all day – Sitting all day can be a pain in the neck…literally! In addition to causing neck and back pain, sitting for long periods has been linked to a host of other health problems, including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. One of the reasons for this is that when we sit, our muscles are not used, which can lead to a decrease in muscle mass. This, in turn, can lead to a decrease in the body’s ability to burn calories effectively, raising the risk of weight gain. Additionally, sitting all day can cause the hip flexors to tighten, leading to pain in the lower back and hips. So if you spend most of your day sitting at a desk, be sure to get up and move around every so often to stretch your muscles and give your body a break! Set your alarm, and get up at least once an hour to get your body moving.

2. Crossing your legs – Crossing your legs can cause more problems than it solves. It can put a strain on your lower back and hips, leading to discomfort and even pain and it can interfere with leg circulation, causing numbness and tingling in your feet and legs. So next time you’re feeling the urge to cross your legs, think twice. Instead, try crossing at your ankles. It’s a much better alternative.

3. Holding your phone to your ear  Did you know that holding your phone to your ear can cause you problems? First, it can lead to neck strain. After all, your head is pretty heavy, and holding it in one position for too long can lead to soreness. Additionally, holding your phone to your ear can also cause damage to the neurons in your brain. That’s because the electromagnetic radiation emitted by your phone can disrupt the electrical signals in your brain. So if you want to stay healthy and pain-free, it’s important to take breaks from your phone and give your neck and brain a break.

4. Typing on a laptop – While there are many advantages to typing on a laptop, these disadvantages should also be considered. One of the biggest problems associated with typing on a laptop is proper sitting posture. When sitting at a desk, it is easy to keep your back straight and your shoulders in line with your ears. However, when typing on a laptop, it is all too easy to slouch down or hunch over the keyboard. This can lead to neck and shoulder pain, as well as headaches and eyestrain. Another problem with typing on a laptop is that the keyboard can be quite small, making it easy to mistype words or hit the wrong keys. This can be frustrating and can lead to errors in your work. Try adding an external mouse and keyboard. Then raise your laptop display to eye level. This will eliminate a good majority of your neck and shoulder strain.

5. Stomach sleeping –  stomach sleeping is associated with several problems, including back pain, neck pain, and headaches. This is because stomach sleeping puts extra pressure on the spine, which can lead to pain and discomfort. In addition, stomach sleepers twist their necks in an awkward position to breathe, which can cause headaches and significant neck pain.

To stay healthy and comfortable, instead, sleep on your back or side. To help transition from the stomach to your side, use a thin pillow between your knees and hold a soft, squishy pillow in front of you as you drift off to dreamland.

There are lots of small changes you can make to your day that will reduce if not completely eliminate the postural strain on your body. Let me know which hint worked best for you!