Regular movement is important for our physical health, but when standing or walking becomes difficult due to lack of mobility or balance issues, sitting is a necessary and big part of our everyday routine.
However, sitting for long periods of time can come with its fair share of problems. From back pain to muscle cramp, sitting can even encourage bad posture that often leads to other health issues. Poor posture over time can increase muscle pain and deplete your energy throughout the day. Proper posture on the other hand can reduce stress on your muscles and ligaments, which can lower your risk of injury.
Millions of us across the UK can benefit hugely from improving our posture. Are you experiencing back pain as a result of sitting, or just want to maintain good posture as you get older? We’ve put together our best tried and tested tips that can help improve posture in older people.
Invest in the right tools
Fed up of straining when bending down for things? Well, luckily you don’t need to exert yourself when carrying out menial tasks around the house, as tools exist that can help. Reachers and household grabbers are an easy way to pick up items that are just out of reach, without having to strain or stretch. Combi grabbers are lightweight and not too expensive, so they’re a handy way to help do things that may be difficult if you have limited mobility. Think of everyday tasks like closing the blinds or curtains, lifting objects from high cupboards, picking up the post without bending down, or reaching for items off shelves while shopping.
If back pain or back ache is a regular occurrence, then the way you are sitting could be a big contributing factor. Try using a ‘back friend’ – a combined back rest and seat base which can be attached to any chair or seat. They’re designed to be contoured, giving the correct amount of support to the spine, and helping you to sit up straight.
Exercising can feel like a mammoth task if you’re not used to doing it regularly. But the trick is little and often. Giving yourself small and manageable exercises or stretches to do each day can gradually improve your posture immeasurably over time. These simple but effective NHS approved sitting exercises are a good place to start.
Use a stairlift
Having the convenience of a stairlift in your home means you can ease any pressure caused by having to tackle the stairs multiple times a day. When you install a stairlift with Halton Stairlift, each and every model is customized to your particular needs. This means that your weight is always distributed evenly when seated, so you’re as comfortable and safe as possible. Safety features like padded backrests, adjustable armrests, and roomy footrests prevents you from straining or contorting yourself when travelling from floor to floor of your home.
Are you looking to improve your posture and strength as you get older? Having your very own new or reconditioned stairlift installed can help. Using a stairlift can save you the bother of having to tackle the stairs every day, meaning you can use your saved-up energy for the things you enjoy doing the most. Get in touch to chat with our friendly team on 0800 644 7766 where you can request a free Halton Stairlifts brochure or arrange your free no-obligation quote.