First and foremost, let’s take a moment to define posture and what it means for your health
Keeping a solid alignment means that our muscles are used correctly. It decreases wear-and-tear on the joints which could result in some crappy conditions (like arthritis).
Posture impacts the bones and muscles in our upper bodies.
It minimizes the strain on ligaments holding up your spine, but it also lets muscles work efficiently and use up less energy.
A bad alignment can not only screw up your physical health but your mental health too.
We’ll be addressing it in three main areas: the neck, the shoulders, and the thoracic spine.
- Fix Your Office Chair
The first step in fixing bad posture in men is addressing the workplace. Many guys work from offices with computers and chairs.
The best way to take on this endeavor is by aligning your tools in order to engage in a way that best supports your body.
Prioritize lumbar support for the chair, and adjust its height so you can use the keyboard with your forearms parallel to the floor.
Keep your feet flat on the floor. If the chair is too high, see about finding a footrest. Ensure that your screen is at eye-level.
Place the mouse as on the brink of you as possible. A mat with a wrist cushion is a great help in preventing any unnecessary bending.
It’s a series of simple fixes that go a long way.
- Go Swimming
Swimming is a godsend when it comes to solid exercise because it engages your entire core, working it out evenly.Swimming stretches the muscles in your torso to better resemble ideal posture. Doing so repeatedly strengthens your torso.
It helps your shoulders too. Since you need to pull your shoulder blades back for the right motion, it encourages a great habit for off the pool as well.
- At The Gym? Try These Exercises
Here are two which can do just that:
The lat hang loosens tight muscles in your chest and upper back. To do this, look for your nearest assisted pull-up bar. Rest your knees on the platform and grip the bar with both hands. It looks like a pull-up starting position, only you let your torso hang. If you feel it on your chest and armpits, you’re on the right track.
Seated low rows loosen up your traps. Grip the handles on a seated rowing machine, pull the cable, and keep your shoulder blades as tight as you can!
- Looking Down At Your Phone
We got science to back this one up from a 2016 study out of the Journal of Physical Therapy Science.
Their goal was to determine a relationship between posture and respiratory function. They assessed several participants and their breathing ratios while looking down at their phones.
I won’t spend too much time on specifics, but they discovered that prolonged smartphone use could negatively affect BOTH your posture and breathing.
- Fix Your Forward Head Posture
Forward Head Posture (FHP) is also known by a number of creative epithets like nerd neck and scholar’s neck.
Essentially, it happens when your head leans forward and your neck ends up being crooked. It’s prevalent for those of us who spend a lot of time on the computer.
Letting it go unchecked can lead to potentially serious conditions like Osteoporosis, Cervical Spine Arthritis, and continuous shoulder blade pain.
FHP also weakens most of your neck muscles, and even strain those on your upper and mid-back.
If you lean up against a wall and your head doesn’t naturally touch it, you might have FHP.
So, what are some steps you can take to improve it?
Try massaging your SCM (Sternocleidomastoid) muscle, which are the tight bands that extend in a “V” from your collar bone. Just press two fingers to them and begin the massage.
Start some neck flexion to stretch the back of your back neck muscles. Tuck your chin in with one hand and use the other to slowly pull your head to your chest.
- Take Care Of Rounded Shoulders
When it comes to correcting bad posture in men, rounded “mom” shoulders are all-too-common. It describes a resting shoulder position which is abnormally forward from the body’s true alignment.
hunched shoulder posture
Out of the types I’ve listed, this condition more immediately affects first impressions. Fortunately, you can remedy that.
The handclasp stretch is done by standing up straight, reaching for the sky, and clasping your hands together to establish the stretch. Gently push your shoulders back while keeping your neck straight.
Use the door frame to stretch your chest and shoulders. Place both hands on opposite sides of the doorway just above your head height. Gently lunge forward.
Squeeze your shoulder blades together while standing up straight, holding for ten seconds at a time.
- Fixing Spine Curvature – Kyphosis
Kyphosis is a common issue that often affects adolescents and adults. It has to do with the abnormal development of spinal muscles, which bad posture can accelerate.
Preventing Kyphosis is a matter of a few simple exercises.
Knee rolls are done by laying on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Move your knees slowly to one side until you feel it in your back.
With the same starting position, arch your back while keeping the upper back and butt on the floor.
Finally, bring your knees to your chest. Repeat this five times with both legs.
- Fix Your Diet
It seems obvious when you think about it: Excess body fat adds to the weight your bones need to bear. This can, in turn, cause a lot of lower back pain.
You should also prioritize foods which strengthen your bones – your posture will be improved in turn. Vitamin D and calcium are great to start with.
Too much alcohol and caffeine intake are actually detrimental to bone health.