Posture – The Do’s and Don’ts of Standing, Walking, and Sitting

Standing

When you mention posture, how a person stands is one of the first things that pops into your mind.  This chart outlines the Do’s and Don’ts of proper standing posture.

Note that you should be standing tall, keeping your shoulders back and your head up. You don’t have to be perfectly straight as a wall, that wouldn’t look or feel natural. Just do a quick posture check every so often. You will notice that not only will your posture improve, but your breathing, back pain, and sense of alertness.

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Walking

How to walk? I bet you are saying, come on – I have been walking for quite a long time, on my own no less, thank you very much. But here’s the thing. Besides the basic, put one foot in front of the other, there is actually a CORRECT way to walk.  Check out this walking do’s and don’ts chart.

When it comes to proper posture and walking, you want to make sure you aren’t staring at the ground. This can cause some serious neck pain (not to mention you aren’t paying attention to what is ahead and you can run into something). You also want to walk heel to toe.

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Sitting

When it comes to correct sitting posture – you can note from the chart below that a lot of the guidelines on standing posture apply to sitting as well. You want to keep your shoulders back, your head up and straight (this will avoid neck pain), and keep your feet flat on the floor.

Crossing your legs can effect both your posture and your circulation, you will want to avoid that habit.

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