The last couple weeks we learned why good posture matters, why it’s so hard sometimes, and what good posture means when sitting. This week, with help from the American Chiropractic Association, we delve into the details of what it means to have good posture while standing. For those of you on your feet at work – you know exactly how much this matters.
Proper form for standing starts with your feet approximately shoulder-width apart, and most of your weight should be on the balls of your feet instead of on your heels. We all remember the girl that passed out at a school assembly for locking her knees too long, so keep your knees slightly bent, which benefits your knees. Stand straight and tall, with your shoulders back, your stomach tucked in, and your arms hanging naturally down the sides of your body. If viewed from the side, your ears should be in line with your shoulders so your head isn’t pushed forward or back. And if you are standing for a very long period of time, keep shifting your weight from side to side.
All of the above advice can seem easier said than done, but practice makes for good habits – give yourself time to get stronger, and for your posture to be easier to maintain properly.
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 4 – How to Lie Down Properly.
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