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5 easy ways to improve your posture

Follow this guide for perfecting postures linked to everyday activities.

Sitting
Sitting
Remie Geoffroi

Prolonged sitting, especially when you slouch or crane forwards, can strain muscles and ligaments in your back and put pressure on your spine. Choose a chair that allows you to get close to your desk while sitting upright with shoulders aligned over hips. Properly positioning the chair and desk might mean removing the chair’s armrests.
 
Next, your arms should be bent to 90 degrees and your shoulders relaxed when your hands are on the keyboard. The chair’s lumbar support should fit comfortably against your lower back, just above your waistband. Adjust the chair height so you can place your feet on the floor or a footrest with legs bent to 90 degrees. Finally, protect your neck by ensuring the top of your computer monitor is around eye level. You might have to prop it up with a stack of books or a desk accessory.
 
Even with good sitting posture, it’s still smart to limit chair time. Physiotherapists recommend getting up every half-hour. Walk around for at least a couple of minutes to stay active and promote the flow of blood and fluids to the spine. If standing up that frequently isn’t an option, work a quick walk-around into your schedule whenever you can – during a break between clients or while talking on the phone. Here are some more top tips if you're struggling to find time to fit in fitness.
 



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