Sleeping on your back might not feel like the most natural sleeping position, but it is considered one of the healthiest. If you’re among the lucky 13% of Americans who are able to fall asleep on their backs, you might even say it’s life-changing. But how easy is it to actually transition to face-up sleeping if you’ve always slept on your front or side?
“What is your biggest weakness?” is always a tricky interview question. Oftentimes, the answer will be staring the interviewer in the face before you’ve even said a word.
For many of us, poor posture is that weakness, though we might not realize it. The nonverbal cues we send via our body language can easily affect the outcome of a job interview. That’s why it’s so important to choose our body positions as carefully as we do our words.
You probably don’t remember the exact moment you took your first step. Why would you? You’ve taken countless steps since, each more assured than the one before. You have, after all, mastered that all-important life skill: standing upright. What you may not realize, however, is that posture is not something you can simply set and forget. As we age, our bodies can easily slip out of alignment, causing an undesirable stooped posture. Luckily, this is totally reversible if we adopt a few postural best practices.
Picture the scene. It’s the end of a long day and you’re sitting on the couch with your head buried in your smartphone, shoulders slouched forward. All of a sudden, your significant other breaks the silence: “You’ll never guess who I ran into today.” What do you do? Do you straighten your back, look up, and engage them in polite chitchat or do you continue scrolling as if it never happened?
Originally posted on the Upright blog.
Ron Livingston’s character in the movie Office Space said it best:
“Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day.”
Whether you’re stationed in a cubicle or out in an open space, working 9 to 5 isn’t easy on your mind, body, or soul. Four-thirty rolls around and not only are you mentally checked out, but your aching back is begging for a massage. The pain can be so distracting, it’s all you can think about. Your health suffers, your work suffers, and around and around it goes.
Make no bones about it; our entire skeleton shapes our posture. There is, however, one key part that bears most of the responsibility for sway-back posture and that’s the pelvis. This large, centrally located bone acts as a junction connecting the lumbar spine from the north and the legs from the south. It’s responsible for coordinating our upper-body movements with those of our lower extremities. An ideal or “neutral pelvis” allows for a slight curve in the lower back that keeps all the skeletal parts balanced. Problems arise when your posture starts to veer off course and your spine tries to compensate for the original deviation. If you happen to develop sway-back posture, you may experience aches, pains, and/or loss of balance.
Professional tennis player and former world No. 1 Serena Williams is serving up some serious posture goals in 2020. Teaming up with Amazon Sports, the tennis champ recently named the UPRIGHT GO 2 as one of her wellness must-haves for the new decade. The smart posture trainer sits alongside other essentials such as her trusty Wilson racket and rubber medicine ball. Check out the full list to see which other items made the cut.
Bad posture got you singing the blues?
You’re not alone; most aspiring singers are unaware of the impact body position has on their voice, let alone how to correct it. Before you even think about perfecting your breathing technique or getting your vocals under control, it’s important to understand how to hold the instrument that is your body.
Don’t worry – nailing your singing posture is easy like Sunday morning! A little mindfulness is all it takes to unleash the full power of your voice.
Discover how you can easily improve your travel posture on the fly.
Whether you’re standing in line to board a plane, crammed into an economy seat, or lounging around an airport terminal, posture is usually the farthest thing from your mind. But given how physically stressful traveling can be at the best of times, it’s a wonder we’re not more mindful of the way we hold our bodies.
We’ve all experienced sore shoulders from lugging heavy bags around or woken up from an in-flight nap with a crick in our neck. That’s what happens when we contort our bodies into awkward seating positions for long stretches. Beyond the initial discomfort it causes, poor travel posture can lead to all sorts of long-term health issues and exacerbate pre-existing conditions.
Thankfully, there are practical steps you can take to mitigate the harmful effects of slouching, both in the sky and on the ground.
You spoke and we listened!
Introducing the UPRIGHT NECKLACE, a game-changing new accessory that gives you the option to wear your GO device without adhesives. Thanks to its innovative design, the necklace manages to be convenient and flexible without compromising on accuracy.
Now it’s easier than ever to get the hang of healthy posture!