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5 Ways to Practice Good Posture

HealthCentral shares tips for maintaining good posture for people with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) from experts including Wai-Kwong Hui, PT, DPT, MS, physical therapist at HSS.

Hui explained, “As you spend time in this posture, the muscles in the front of the body shorten, and muscles on the back of the body lengthen.”

“People with AS really need to remind themselves about their posture,” he noted.

Hui recommended the posture-training activity called the Kitchen-Bathroom Workout. He noted, “First thing in the morning when you get to work, go to the little kitchenette. Walk around and drink a cup of water. Finish drinking and then come back to your desk and work for 30 minutes. Then, go use the bathroom. Then, back to your desk.” Thirty minutes later, do it all over again: kitchen for water, desk, bathroom.

According to Hui, “When we’re working at a desk, it’s easy to lose track of time and then two hours later you realize you haven't moved from your desk. So this is a great way to force people to get out of that position.”

He explained that good, seated posture looks like feet flat on the floor in front of the body, shoulder blades back and down and chest up (but not flared out), and core engaged.

Read the full article at Healthcentral.com.