Are you beginning to experience a loss in height due to slouching, slumped or stooping posture? Don’t worry – it’s common! But, the good news is, reversing height loss and improving your posture could be just a few small lifestyle changes away.
Chronic stooping or slumping doesn’t just affect you aesthetically. It can also lead to more significant issues such as poor spinal health, bad circulation, reduced confidence, and more. So let’s take a closer look at how we can combat this issue and cultivate our very own life transformation.
The first step to reverse height loss is to really understand why slouching occurs. Many of us have adopted poor habits based on addiction to technology, not getting enough exercise, or even simply having an incorrect workspace set-up. We must be aware of the causes of our slump and the position of our body when using technology, sitting, and standing. From there, we can begin to make visible changes to improve how we move and how our body feels.
We can begin to break down these bad habits by reframing our attitudes and behavior, incorporating movement, and setting up our environment appropriately. Once we’ve identified and changed the physical angle of our bodies before and during certain activities, we can create a plan to integrate positive habits into our daily routine to cultivate tangible results. This can include anything from stretching exercises to practising mindful poses to correcting the height of your desk and chair or work station.
The next step is to find the fine balance between activity and rest. For example, are we engaging in too much sitting, driving, or piano practice? All these activities and more can result in lost height and stooping posture, but by introducing movement breaks every hour for a few minutes, we can help our body to reset and recalibrate itself into a more supported alignment. Then, as a part of your movement and stretching routine, consider practising some specific corrective exercises that target strengthening or lengthening the muscles responsible for maintaining good posture. Have a look online and start simple with accountability and consistency.
Finally, learning to stay conscious and aware of your body's movements and re-engaging with it directly throughout the day, is key to reversing any form of lost height through bad posture. This will not only create a healthy feedback loop for good posture habits but will avoid repeating bad patterns of the past and set you up for a successful realignment and life transformation.
Understanding the source of and causes of our slumped posture can really help us to effect change and adopt better habits. With a little bit of discipline and setting up our environment in the best way possible, we can actively start to practice correcting our posture and reverse any height loss we may have experienced over time.