Are You Hurting Your Fitness by not looking after your body when you are not exercising

If you are reading this blog, then you have an intention of getting fit. Everyone thinks that getting fit is all about going for a run and exercising, and well… they’d be right… to an extent.  But there is so more to it than that. You will exercise at most 1 hour per day. This leaves another 23 hours in the day your body is reacting to what you are doing. You still need to look after your body during these hours.

And the main ‘thing’ you need to look after, is your posture. I will look at the two main ways you can do that. When you are sitting and when you are lying down.

sitting at a computer

Sitting

Particularly with almost every jobs these days involving sitting down all day and staring at a computer screen it’s easy to not look after yourself and have posture problems. Here are some tips to look after yourself while working in front of a computer.

  • Keep your back straight – This one is pretty logical. You don’t want to have a hunched back when sitting at the computer.
  • Get up frequently and walk around the office – Get up at least every 15 minutes or so. It doesn’t have to be for a long time. Something as simple as picking up a piece of paper from the printer.
  • Have a great chair – It may seem expensive at the time, but for a few hundred dollars now you can get a chair that will look after your back if you use it properly. It will save you a fortune later in life when you don’t need to pay expensive doctor bills for your bad back
  • Try and position your knees slightly lower than your hips when sitting
  • Keep your feet flat on the floor

Here’s some great tips for improving your posture while sitting.

 

sleeping

Laying Down

You sleep for about 30-40% of your life. You need to make sure that you are doing it properly. There is nothing worse than waking up with a sore back and it will ruin the rest of your day. Here are some tips to get you started.

  • Once again, don’t skimp on the price of a bed – Spend a little extra on your bed. For an extra $500 you can get a much better bed that will support your back. It’s not that expensive when you consider how much time you will be spending on it. You can also keep the costs down if you buy online – e.g. Saatva Mattress.
  • Stretching – Stretch before bed to ease your tense muscles.
  • Sleeping position – Sleep on your side. Having a pillow between your knees can help. Do not sleep on your front.
  • Make sure your mattress is firm – While soft mattresses may feel good, they are terrible for your back

Here’s a great article to help you with your posture while sleeping.

 

Well I hope that helps you with your posture. Good posture helps in so many ways when you are trying to be healthy. Just someone that has good posture looks so much healthier than someone that doesn’t (even if everything else is the same).

I thought I would throw in one last link for some exercises to help with posture as I found it very interesting (click here).