From childhood to adulthood we are told how important good posture is. As a child, it may have been something we shrugged off or found a nuisance, but as working adults, we may have come to realize just how important good posture is with plenty of aches and pains to show for it when your posture is neglected. Our posture is most important when it comes to sitting – whether at your desk or travelling for long hours in a car, on a plane or in a bus. The next time you embark on a road trip with CK Travel’s corporate bus hire, private bus hire or even a school excursion, keep these posture and good blood flow tips in mind…
Keep your seated posture on-point with these pro tips
Good posture affects everything from neck and back pain to blood flow and our respiration, so if you’re about to embark on a long trip with CK Travel and Tour with our private or corporate bus hire, keep these simple tips in mind:
- Foot placement
When sitting on a chair with back support, make sure your feet are placed squarely on the ground in front of you and try not to cross your legs too often as this can be bad for circulation and blood flow.
- Be mindful of your back
Even though it may feel comfortable to do so, try not to lean unnaturally back into your seat by arching your back when you sit. This puts pressure on your nerves in your spine and can create lower back and leg pain after many hours of sitting. Instead, try to keep your pelvis tucked in and your lower back pressed against your backrest.
- Get your blood pumping
If travelling for long periods of time, try and stand and stretch every 30 minutes – 1 hour if you have the space to do so – this will help to increase blood flow. You can also do simple exercises such as calf raises, and shoulder shrugs too loosen joints and alleviate stiffness.
- Watch your neck and shoulders
When sitting for long periods of time and reading or watching a show on your iPad or Tablet perhaps, we tend to strain our neck and shoulders in awkward positions that we may be totally unaware of. Try not to tilt your head to one side when reading, as this can strain your neck muscles. Keep your chin tucked in and shoulders square against the backrest of the chair to avoid a stiff upper back and neck.
- Use seating props
Some of these include lumbar support pillows and seat wedges that help maintain normal spinal curves when sitting to decrease posture stress.
If you’re looking for corporate bus hire services in and around Durban or KwaZulu-Natal, CK Travel and Tour has your back, literally!