Maintaining proper posture can work wonders both preventing and alleviating back pain. And while your mother was correct in telling you to sit up straight for all of those years, the advice ‘sit up straight as a rail’ isn’t quite correct. In fact, you never want your back to be completely straight, as it is naturally curved. When practicing proper sitting posture, remember to maintain those three natural curves in your back.
Follow the steps below to ensure you have good sitting posture.
- Sit with your back straight and shoulders back.
- Ensure your body weight is distributed evenly on both hips.
- Bend your knees at a 90-degree angle, keeping the height of your knees even with your hips.
- Rest your feet flat on the floor or a footrest if needed to keep your knees aligned with your hips.
- Try to not sit in the same position for more than 30 minutes.
Sitting posture check
Now that you know how to achieve good posture while sitting, here’s a little test to make sure you’re sitting correctly.
Begin by sitting at the end of your chair and slouch. Sit up as straight as you can, accentuating the curve of your back as much as possible and hold for a few seconds. Release the position into a comfortable, upright position. What you’re feeling now is proper sitting posture.