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These are postures that we adopt on a daily basis without realizing that they can have negative consequences for our joints.
In general, bad postures have their origin in comfort. We use them because we feel more at ease and comfortable. But in reality, these positions can cause us great pain in the short term and also have consequences in the future.
Bad posture can be responsible for back pain, but also for discomfort and problems in other parts of the body, sometimes due to pelvic or shoulder imbalances. Here are some examples:
1. Spend hours sitting leaning forward
Spending hours in a chair working makes our muscles weak. In this position, we keep the twisted spine in a bad position. We cause the pelvis to tilt into an unnatural position that leads to other imbalances and we lose the natural lumbar curvature. For this reason, it is important to sit up straight, creating an arch in the lumbar area and bringing the shoulders and head back, getting up from time to time, and doing exercises that help correct posture and strengthen the muscles.
2. Look down while using the phone
Known as the text neck syndrome, it has consequences on the vertebrae. When using your phone, try to keep it at eye level to avoid tilting your head. And of course, the less time you spend staring at the screen, the better.
3. Load weight only on one side of the body
Always carrying weight on the same side or with the same hand can cause postural imbalances. It is very common for this limb to have a lower shoulder and often forward, which produces an abnormal rotation of the spine and causes imbalances in the arm to move to the pelvis or legs, generating discomfort and pain. Therefore, it is important to switch arms and use both limbs equally. And, if possible, balance the weight and use both arms at the same time.
4. Do the same thing every day
If you do the same activities every day and use the same muscles, the body loses motor skills, and imbalances and poor posture occur. This is why it is important to do many different activities during the day. The body can perform countless movements and it is necessary that we use our entire musculoskeletal system.
5. Wear shoes
Most shoes prevent normal foot movement. This interferes with posture and wreaks havoc on the body in the form of imbalances, injuries, and pain. For this reason, it is important to try to go barefoot as long as possible to allow the foot to move freely and the toes have enough space. When going without shoes is not possible, look for them flat, with minimal soles, that mimic the movement of bare feet.
6. Practice a single sport
This is especially problematic in sports that use only one side of the body such as tennis, soccer, or golf. All sports practiced repeatedly, without adding postural exercises to compensate for the imbalance they create, run the risk of causing injury. For this reason, it is important to practice different sports and activities and perform movements that involve working with various muscular systems. This prevents injury and helps develop the body as a whole.
7. Stress and worries
Stress, stress, pessimism can influence posture. When you feel discouraged, you tend to tilt your head down and round your shoulders forward. For this reason, it is important to seek activities that change the negative mood, that calm, and help to connect with the interior. Going for a walk and being in contact with nature also helps to improve your mood.