3 ways to fix your everyday posture

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You may think about your posture when you’re running, but what about the rest of the time? ‘Everyday postural habits can lead to structural changes in our bodies,’ says Kessie Soper, lower limb specialist at Physiotherapy London.

 

1/ Remedy prolonged sitting

Long periods glued to the office chair render your all-important gluteal muscles inactive and weak, while your hip flexors become tight from being held in a shortened position.

The fix: Stand up and move around at least twice an hour, more if possible. Set a computer or phone reminder to do so. ‘Integrate gluteal strengthening and hip flexor stretches into your training,’ says Soper.

2/ Stop being too one-sided

Carrying heavy loads (be it a shoulder bag or a baby) on the same side every day can cause asymmetric muscle shortening and torso rotation, which will adversely affect your running gait, says Soper.

The fix: Use a rucksack to carry heavy loads, rather than a shoulder bag. Make use of both straps or switch sides regularly. Occasionally moving your mouse and phone to the other side of your desk will also help rebalance your muscles.

3/ Change up your leading leg

Standing with your weight on one foot, crossing the same leg over the other or always pushing off with the same leg causes imbalances to develop.

The fix: Force yourself to lead with the other leg until both feel equally natural. Also, address any body asymmetries when strengthening and stretching. When seated, stick a bright sticker dot on your dominant leg that will catch your eye and remind you to uncross or switch legs.