Tagged With posture

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Dear Lifehacker, I work in a typical 9-to-five office job. I can tell my posture isn't ideal and I catch myself slouching all the time. But when I try to consciously sit up straight, it quickly becomes uncomfortable and I slip right back to where I started within the hour. Do you have any beginner-friendly tips for easing myself into better posture habits?

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The internet is saturated with advice around maintaining good posture (guilty!), but it's not as if you'll be dragged off to "bad posture" prison so what's the big deal? Your muscles start to tighten up, weaken or become inhibited to establish your new "norm", but these norms aren't ideal for everyday living.

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Health is very important, and even if you love your job, long hours grinding away can take a toll both mentally and physically. Bad posture can drain you even faster, especially for those who spend a lot of time in front of a computer. To help out, here are some tips to making it through Friday afternoon, as well as improve your office life overall.

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Take a peek into almost any office. What do you see? Workers hunched over their computers. Look at your fellow commuters on the subway. How do they sit? Slumped over their smartphones. Survey the friends and loved ones around you. How do they stand and walk? Likely a little stooped over.

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I've lost track of how many of my gaming friends have had to stop playing or give a game up entirely because they contracted some form of injury or pain in their back, hands, wrists or forearms. Given how much gaming is growing, along with the penetration of computers and smart phones, it's not likely that the amount of associated injuries will decrease. Fortunately, there are some steps you can enact.

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Three minutes and three simple exercises are all it takes to improve your posture, and this video shows you all of them. Considering how many of us sit in front of screens or at keyboards all day, just a quick time out for a few stretches can do a world of good. All you need to do them is a wall.

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Sitting, it’s becoming fashionable to note, is the “new smoking”. Sedentary behaviour dominates modern life, just as smoking did some decades ago. And the health risks posed by prolonged sitting are making it frowned upon, just as smoking is.