Could your desk job be affecting your posture?

Do you slouch when walking, or lean forward when working on a computer? Then it’s time for you to straighten up! We’re not kidding either – bad posture can affect your health and can cause a great deal of pain. Desk jobs are notorious for giving us posture problems because we tend to lean forward and stay in that lazy position for hours. Let’s take a deeper look into some of the most common forms of bad posture:

Rounded shoulders

If your shoulders slump forward when you stand, then this is your problem. It’s very common in people with desk jobs or people who do too many bench-presses. To fix it, lie on your back with your arms to your side and try to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Hold the position for a few seconds and release – do this 12 times. Try doing this exercise on a regular basis and you should notice a difference in your posture.

Forward neck

Do you look like you’re constantly trying to zoom in on something? If your neck position is more forward than upright, then it’s time to work on straightening it up. A ‘forward neck’ is usually a sign of stiff neck muscles. To fix this, exercise your neck by moving it back without losing eye-contact with the PC screen. It won’t be easy at first, but if you practice, it gets better. Stack some books into a sturdy pile and place your computer monitor above it to make sure your screen is on the same level as your eyes.

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The hunched back

Unlike ‘forward neck’, which just involves your neck, a hunched back is when your upper back is severely curved, which forces your head to lean forward. It usually happens when people hunch over their desks. You can improve your posture by doing some stretches throughout the day. You should also keep your back straight when you’re sitting and walking. To help, move your keyboard as far back as you can and practice typing at length.

Source: Collective Evolution, Built Lean

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