There are all sorts of causes of bad posture, says Kate, but good posture really matters in the workplace – especially for people who spend a lot of time sitting at a computer, or a badly-positioned laptop.
“It’s important to raise awareness of the postures that we tend to hold during our day,” she says. Say you’re commuting on the train – when it’s busy you’re squashed up, or maybe you’re working on your laptop on the train or holding your devices. If you hold that position you can feel that your back is tight.
“You then transition into work. You sit at a desk, don’t take a lunch break or you might dash out for lunch. You sit at your computer and think, ‘I’ve done five hours but I’ve got to get this done’, when actually what you should have done is 20-30 minutes blocks of work then stretch, hydrate, breathe. A lot of us tend to have that C-shaped posture from hunching over a computer with your shoulders in, tapping away.”