5 quick posture remedies to elevate your life

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A first impression is made in the first 7 seconds. Most likely in that short window it is not being made on your intellect alone, it is being made by your physical image. Some of that will be made based upon your clothes or your hairstyle, but did you know that 55% of what we communicate is with body language. So what is your posture saying about you and how is your desk jockey job affecting your posture?

 

Did you know that 86% of American Workers sit at a desk? Add to that that all school age children in our public school system sit at desks and it is a spooky reality to think that most of America is either sitting at a desk or in a car for most of the day every day. This may be a startling statistic when reflecting upon our society, however it is also a statistic that is having quite an impact on our health including:

  • Brain fog due to lack of circulation

  • Muscle degeneration: “move it or lose it”

  • Organ damage

  • Back pain: inflexible spine

 

A Few Quick Remedies:

  • Take the stairs

  • Set up a reminder to stand and move every 30 min

  • Take a series of deep cleansing breaths to re-establish posture

  • Desk yoga

    • Desk downward dog:  Place your fingertips on the edge of your desk or chair (only if it is very stable). Start to walk backwards enough that you can extend your arms straight so your body is in an L shape. Let your heart and chest learn towards the floor. Breathe here for 30 seconds to a minute and release.

    • Neck Stretches: Move your ear towards your shoulders one at a time holding for 5-8 breaths. Look to your left then to your right holding each pose for 5-8 breaths.

    • Twist: Turn to your left. Use your left hand on the back of the chair to deepen the twist. Hold for 5 to 8 breaths, then twist to the other side.

    • Ankle to knee: Place your left foot on your right knee, letting left knee drop open. Keep your back straight; lean forward to stretch deeper. After 5 to 8 breaths, switch sides.

    • Seated Cat/Cow: Place your hands on top of your knees, palms face down. Inhale and gaze up, curve your spine so your stomach is closer to your knees. Exhale and arch your back, tuck your chin towards your chest. Move through this sequence 5-7 times.

  • Using non-working time to diversify movement: hiking, housework, gardening, etc.