By: Audie Lauf
Did you ever think the expression “having your nose buried in a book” was negative? Turns out poor posture while reading can result in some serious damage to your body over time. Just like there is a proper technique for sitting at the computer, there is a proper way to read a book. One time or another, we have all been so engulfed in a plot line that we find ourselves hunched over with our eyes just an inch from the paper. Moments like these can seem harmless, but they can cause excessive damage to the body in the long run.
Here are five important things to remember while you’re reading:
1. Keep Your Eye on the Prize
It is crucial to keep the book at the same elevation as your eyes. This will keep your head upright and will stop you from bending over. Having your head tilted for hours can be strenuous on your neck and shoulders.
2. Proper Distance
Keeping the book at a little less than arm’s length will also keep your head upright. Having your head properly adjusted will also open up your air passages and keep oxygen flowing efficiently to your brain. (The same can be said about your phone.) The distance is also perfect for making sure your eyes aren’t being strained.
3. Align Your Spine
Keeping your back pressed parallel to the back of the chair will keep your spine in a position that can be set for a long period of time. Make sure to have your tailbone positioned at the back of the chair.
4. Adjust Your Chair
It is important to remember to keep your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. This will support blood flow, keeping the circulation going. Nothing is more annoying than standing up and feeling like your legs are made of a million pins and needles.
5. Take a Break
While we all love to read and are dying to find out what happens next, taking a break is important for your overall health. Standing up and taking a quick walk will refresh your eyes and increase blood flow and circulation to your body.
You are already taking the time to better your mind, so take a minute and make sure you’re doing the same for your body.