18. Maintaining Good Posture
It’s time to check your posture because maintaining a good posture while working is a way to burn calories without a sweat. When you sit properly with good posture, you are working the muscles in your upper body as well as your shoulders and back. This small change in the way you sit can have fantastic health benefits because it will strengthen your core and burn additional calories with your effort to keep your body in this upright position. Holding this posture when standing is also beneficial as it engages similar muscles.
When you maintain this posture, your body requires a certain degree of muscle tone and the isometric contraction of the all-important stabilization muscles. When you increase your effort to engage these muscles and keep this good posture, you use more energy and burn more calories. Perfect posture is about tightening your abs and pulling your neck and shoulders into a more relaxed position. Think about it as though you had a string attached to the top of your head, and you’re being pulled up. You could also introduce an exercise ball to your desk and really see some good results.