Posture is an often overlooked part of fitness. Often improper or misaligned biomechanics can lead to injuries, both overuse and traumatic. If one has poor movement and continues that over a period of time a repetitive injury can result. The movement can be an everyday motion or an exercise in a gym. Traumatic injuries can be the result of bad mechanics while engaged in a sport of exercise, sometimes just a one time action. Lastly, improper motion caused after an injury can lead to additional concerns after the injury has healed but the body continues with the new (improper) movement.
Here are a few of the more common movements or actions that should be considered.
- Keep car seat/office chair ergonomically sound
- Stretch pectorals/anterior deltoids routinely, keep shoulder back but relaxed
- Stretch hamstrings/lumbars as needed
- Use a step for support for those who stand for prolonged periods of time, alternate foot on step (nurses, waitresses, massage therapists, etc.)
- Keep purse weight below 5# and alternate shoulders; alternate arms holding infant
- Keep wallet slender; alternate pockets
- Use a head set when on phone
- Use proper neutral spine/pelvis throughout day, consider the Alexander Technique
- Alternate mouse hands, and use less dominant hand more frequently
- Sleep without arms above head and select a proper firm mattress, generally sleeping on back or side is preferred
It is recommended to do daily activities ambidextrously (eg, brush teeth one day left-handed, one day right). Have fun with posture and unilateral movements, be creative and do not overuse.