Last week we discussed why it is so important to have good posture, and also why it’s sometimes so hard to maintain! The American Chiropractic Association has clarified exactly what good posture means when it comes to sitting, so hopefully you have an easier time trying to improve your sitting habits.
1. Your feet should reach the floor.
2. There should be a small gap between the back of your knees and the front of your seat.
3. Your knees should be at or below your hips.
4. Either use a back support or make sure your chair is adjusted to your low- and mid- back.
5. Your forearms should be parallel to the ground when working, with your shoulders relaxed.
For those of you who know me, yes, I am failing on both of the following right now:
6. Don’t cross your legs – Your ankles should both be in front of your knees.
7. Don’t sit in the same position for long periods of time. Take breaks to move around.
If you’d like to learn more, more information is available on the American Chiropractic Association website (Tips to Maintain Good Posture) and in their info graphic (HealthyLiving_Posture). Stay tuned next week for the next in the Good Posture Series: Part 3 – How to Stand Properly.
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