What Are Some Daily Habits I Could Pick To Correct My Posture?

Akash Sehrawat

2 min read | Jan 3, 2019



Anyone who spends a lot of time in front of a computer sitting can have major postural issues. Chronic sitting is a major threat and is touted as the new smoking.


I have written a post about this on my blog. To summarize this post


-Being sedentary (usually classified as taking less than 3,000 steps in a day ) is associated with a 112 percent increased risk of diabetes and 147 percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease.


This meta-analysis of eighteen studies which included 794,577 participants, also compares chronic sitting with smoking and suggests a similar mortality rate! 1http://activeworking.com/pdfs/research/36.pdf


-According to Tom Rath, the best-selling author of Eat, Move, Sleep, which has sold more than 6 million copies- ” Sitting more than six hours a day increases your risk of an early death” Sitting is a serious threat and should not be taken lightly.


Related Article: Is Chronic Sitting The New Smoking?


Almost six months back, I realized that I was also leading a sedentary lifestyle, even though I was lifting kickass weights, doing Yoga etc. But the day I realized that I need to start living an otherwise active lifestyle too, I included the following habits that have reduced my sitting tremendously and have contributed to improving my posture:


1) I Got A Custom-Made Standing Desk


I write a lot! Besides writing for this blog, I take out time to answer questions on quora; I have also authored a book and have recently announced my second one. This requires me to be seated in front of my Mac for almost 10 hours a day! But now, with the standing desk, I alternate between standing and sitting. 2https://www.quora.com/profile/Akash-Sehrawat-1


After 6 months now, I stand almost 60-70 percent of the time. I have included a stepper beneath me, and take a break to do calve raises! Talk about innovation…haha.


Now, I do understand that not everyone is fortunate enough to be their own boss. So if you work in an office and don’t have your personal cabin, I highly recommend drinking lots of water! This will make sure you don’t sit for more than 15 minutes at a stretch!


2) I Take Around 7,000-10,000 Steps Daily, No Matter What!


Standing burns more calories than sitting and can improve your posture. But it’s not enough. You need to include walking in your lifestyle.


Find Ways To Walk More


-Take stairs whenever you can


-Walk your dog


-Play with your child


-Get up when a commercial comes on TV


-Always walk when talking on the phone and things like that


-Recently, I purchased a fitness band, and I am literally hell-bent on completing my 10,000 daily steps!


3) Breath Correctly


Most of us breathe into the upper chest, which is not the best way to breathe because it signals to the body that we are under stress. Instead, practice diaphragmatic breathing, which causes the brain to release endorphins which in turn reduces muscle tension and feelings of anxiety. Take deep breaths throughout the day.


4) Strengthen Your Core Muscles


There are many muscles in the core area which work to maintain your posture, like the erector spine and transverse abdominis. They are deep muscles that need to be stimulated with isometric holds like vacuums, planks etc.

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About Akash Sehrawat

Akash is a creator of 25+ programs and certificate courses in which more than 200,000 students have enrolled both on Udemy and Fabulous Body's native platform. Akash is also an author of three books that can be found on Amazon. His answers on Quora have gathered more than 12 million views in less than a year.


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