Yep that’s right… today I’m going to tell you how to stand because you’ve probably been doing it wrong all your life.
The number of people I have seen over the years that I have helped to correct their standing posture is phenomenal.
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The problem is most people when standing have their feet parallel. This creates a vulnerability through the lower back and pelvis area creating increased risk with injury.
- Staggered Stance
Put one foot in front of the other, then bring one of them across so that both feet are approximately hip distance apart.
- Slightly Bend Your Knees
Avoid locking out your knees so that you have enough flexibility through them, which reduces any impact through the lower back. You almost end up in a very slightly relaxed seated position.
- Shift Body Weight
After doing the first two steps, you can now shift your weight from your front to your back leg (and vice versa) spreading the tension in your body.
As children we are told not to fidget. However fidgeting is one of the best things you can do for your health because we need to move. We are not designed to sit still and be quiet, but to move, be active and do things.
By positioning your body this way and shifting your weight it gives parts of your body a bit of a break.
If you work in an environment where you have a counter or a standing desk, this is a great position as you can move, twist and carry out your tasks very comfortably rather than being very rigid and needing to bend forwards, creating more tension through the whole body.
This also works very well when you are commuting on a bus or train (if you get the space). Any sudden jerks in movement by the bus or train get absorbed by your legs and reduce your risk of injuring your back considerably.
It’s worth retraining your body and reminding yourself in this way to be able to carry out all the things you want to achieve.