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Your Best Posture is Your Next Posture

Upright posture is the most functional when you need to sit.

Upright posture is the most functional when you need to sit.

One of the questions that we get asked all the time is “What is good posture?” Our technical answer is that when you are in a static sitting or standing position, we advocate maintaining a neutral pelvic position with a straight, stacked spine. We feature easy tutorials for achieving good posture on our website and explained our medical rationale for favoring neutral pelvis posture in a recent blog post.

However, our more nuanced answer about the ideal posture is that “your best posture is your next posture.”  In other words, the healthiest thing that you can do for your posture is to move as much as possible and avoid maintaining any static posture for an extended period of time. We know that many of us have jobs that do require us to spend time working at desks, so knowing how to sit and stand with good posture is certainly important and beneficial to one’s health and well-being. That said, the human body was built to move, not spend 8 hours at a computer.

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Make sure your workday isn’t just sedentary!

So get moving! Walking around helps your body to reset itself into healthy posture, so make a point to get up from your desk at least twice an hour. Maintaining a regular exercise routine is a great way to improve your overall health, but it won’t make up for hours of being sedentary, so try to stay as active as possible throughout the day. We love walking meetings as a way to exchange ideas while getting a breath of fresh air and stretching our legs. Standing work stations are also a great way to encourage you to stay active!

Find activities that make you love moving, and try new activities that challenge your body to move in new and different ways. Whatever moves you, remember that every step is a step toward better health!