Posture is an important aspect of maintaining a healthy body, and for active adults, it is especially crucial to keep in mind. Sitting at a desk for long periods of time, staring at a computer screen, and hunching over can lead to poor posture and chronic pain even if you are active.
One common issue is sitting forward and letting the shoulders round forward because the back is stiff and it is difficult to maintain good posture. This is because when our range of motion is limited, it becomes harder to maintain good posture, and our body naturally does what is the easiest.
Another issue is slumping forward at a desk, which is often a result of a poor position of the computer screen or because we are looking down at a small laptop. This also happens when sitting looking at a cell phone or tablet. When we sit, our spine naturally goes into a C shape, which puts a lot of strain on the back and can lead to chronic pain.
To improve posture, it is important to take regular breaks and get up and move around. Setting a timer on your computer or drinking water can serve as a reminder to stand up and stretch. Additionally, using a chair with lumbar support or placing a small towel roll in the lower spine can help remind you to arch your lower back or not arch too much to maintain proper alignment.
In conclusion, poor posture can lead to chronic pain and discomfort for young or old adults. By taking regular breaks, using proper support and alignment, and being mindful of your posture throughout the day, you can reduce pain and improve your overall health.
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