According to the New York Times, electronic devices, i.e., iPhones, iPads and laptops are making our multi-tasking lives even more stressful and causing us to lose focus on everything from work to those we care about like our spouses and children. Hmm… not my expertise exactly… but besides straining relationships, hunching over a computer all day will also strain your neck and shoulders plus create a not-so-desirable forward-rounding posture. That’s where HSM comes in.
Hilliard Studio Method is designed not only to lengthen and tone your physique but also to prevent muscular pain and improve posture. Here are some simple tips to help keep you on the trail to healthy, pain-free posture even as you work on your laptop or computer.
While working at your desk:
Sit upright: Keep your chin level, head above shoulders, shoulders over hips, and chest open (so no rounded shoulders)…sound familiar? Yes, feel free to do some hip tucks as well ’cause you’re in HSM alignment. Stack some books under your monitor or laptop if your desk is too short to keep a level gaze.
Sit in a chair that allows your lower back to rest against a lumbar support, or better yet, find an oversized fitness ball. Your body will naturally align and if you’re feeling like procrastinating, you can always do some crunches or simply bounce around like a child (so fun and inner thigh work!)
Breathe. Take a deep inhale, filling up the diaphragm. Then exhale your navel to your spine and try to breathe while keeping your lower abdomen contraction. This will allow your core to take the load off the shoulders and neck.
Working in alignment will alleviate pressure in the neck and spine and maybe even improve your mood when you finally find time for your family!