If you haven’t noticed, the average American doesn’t look like the peak of perfection. One of the most stereotypical images of Americans that most people have is of someone overweight, loud, and hunched over to look at their phones. Yes, despite many cries from adults and grandparents about how kid’s eyes are glued to a computer or tablet at all times, the older generation has it just as bad, if not a little worse. Comparatively speaking, even before the advent of personal electronics, older people tended to be worse off in the posture department compared to the younger crowd anyway. After all, adults usually spend most of their lives sitting down, bending over to look at something. In any case, there’s a lot of American’s who don’t have good posture, and are in desperate need of one.
That’s where we can come in. We’ve written an article that has tips that can help you avoid bad back problems.
1. Don’t Crane Over to Look At Your Phone
This tip is a common refrain for very good reason. It seems that everywhere you look, someone young or old has their neck and eyes facing downward to their phone or tablet. They don’t hunch over for brief periods of time either; people are getting bad posture habits over periods of hours upon hours, from morning until nightfall. While phones are essential components of life now, that doesn’t mean you have to trade away your posture.
You just have to be mindful of keeping your phone at eye level as much as you can instead of looking downward constantly.
2. Sit With Your Spine Straight
This point is, and always has been, a great one about keeping good posture. Ever since the 9 to 5 office workday has been codified over the course of time, there’s also been a rise of back problems due to sitting improperly at an office for hours.
Remember: sit with your feet firm on the ground and your spine stiff.
3. Have Your Arms Be Down On Both Sides
Even when you are not on the phone or typing anything, you can still work to make sure that you have good posture. The trick is to keep your arms hanging down on each side.
It’s a small, yet powerful way to put less pressure on your back.
Having good posture should never be something that you overlook.