Ever been told to ‘Sit up Straight’?
We may have even told others, especially our kids hunched over their desks or slouching on the couch to ‘Sit up Straight!’.
In Episode number 3 of the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ Podcast, I share the most recent posture advice… and it doesn’t really promote the notion of ‘sitting up straight’.
There are good reasons why this is the case, which I dive deeper into during this episode.
Most importantly, I help you understand what you should do to facilitate a healthy, confident and strain-free posture- and tell others to do- instead!
When I ask people about their posture concerns, their desk-setups, the strain they feel on their bodies and so on, sooooo many people tell me ‘I always try to sit up straight’.
They don’t understand how it can be that they still feel so much strain in their back, or neck or shoulders.
In this episode I ask the question ‘Is “Sit up Straight” good posture advice?
Our trend to sit more in recent decades has led to a lot more research into the area of our posture and overall health while we sit.
Now that we’re sitting far more than we used to, our 1980’s office furniture, that was fixed so the backrest was upright, at 90degrees isn’t really a reflection of what we need in 2021 and beyond.
We now know that best postures are mobile postures…
yet ‘Sitting up Straight” really locks us into the mindset of a static posture.
Instead, it’s better that we give our back, neck and shoulder muscles a bit more support when we need it, by leaning back on a slightly reclined backrest.
We may also have (or work towards procuring) a chair that allows our backrest to ‘unlock’ so we can gently rock it back and forth.
Then, add in getting up from our chair and standing or moving more often.
Take a listen and let me know if you have any more questions about your posture!
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