If you’re reading this article you may, like many, be using a computer at a desk or similar. Even though it may not be as important for casual surfers, the correct posture for when sitting and standing can have a drastic impact on your long term health. Correct posture can help to ward off joint degeneration and help with your breathing patterns. Correct posture and standing up straight isn’t something we should practice as a young child during school registry – It should be a part of our everyday lives.
Having bad posture can create lower back problems!
Take a look at some of the Health Hideout’s top tips for the perfect posture:
- Don’t be static – If you work in a desk style environment, it’s important to change things up a bit during your shift in front of the computer screen. Standing up every 20 minutes will do wonders for your circulation, whilst arm stretches and neck rolls will help to loosen everything up. Take in a big deep breath whilst you do so and you’ll feel energized to continue!
- Careful when carrying – If you move items at work that are of a heavy load, follow all appropriate health and safety guidelines. Consult your supervisor if you’re unsure with specifics. Just because you can move something, it doesn’t mean it’s safe. If you carry a backpack or similar to work each day, use both straps – alternate arms with single strap bags.
- Reduce heel usage – They are popular with the fashion gurus amongst us, but heels can accentuate the natural curve of your spine long term. Try to wear them less during the working week and you’ll notice a difference in no time.
- Adjust the car seats – Prevent yourself from slouching whilst traveling long distances, by having the seat adjusted to an upright position. It may seem uncomfortable at first, but you’ll soon get used to it. Your back and spine will thank you for it!
- Keep yourself in check – During your everyday pottering around at work or at home, try to monitor your posture in a mirror or reflection. You’ll soon notice if your slouching, so try to eliminate your poor posture habits one step at a time.
Posture is something that many of us develop over time without even thinking, so it can be difficult to change your ways overnight. Try to cut out the slouching as this builds pressure on the bottom of your spine. There is danger of being “over straight” too, so don’t over compensate. Once you eliminate your bad habits, your posture will be of royal standards in no time!
Car insurance can be an annual headache for many of us, shopping around for the best quote or battling over the phone to stay with your current cover for a cheaper price. Insurance companies will create an insurance premium that judges how much of a risk you pose to them as a customer. If you are lower risk, you’re likely to have a lower premium.
Make sure you're covered with a good premium!
Take a look at the Healthy Hideout’s top 8 factors that will affect your car insurance bill:
- Profession – Some insurance companies will treat certain professions with more caution, so if your travelling long distances, working anti-social hours or carrying passengers your premium is bound to be higher than normal.
- Job title – Without pre-judgement about your work environment heirachy, it’s important to note that certain job titles will equate to a higher premium. People who are more inclined to stay indoors with less travelling are bound to have lower price tags.
- Driving History – One of the most important factors – If you’ve been involved in many accidents or convicted for a serious motor offence you’ll almost certainly have to pay a much higher price for your cover. No-claims bonuses can really play importance with situations such as this.
- Drive time – The more time you spend driving your vehicle, the more chance you’ll be involved in an accident. If you can commit lower mileage on your policy, your premium will of course be lower.
- Car type – Many people don’t seem to realise that the type of car they drive actually effects the price of your policy. Brand new, popular or even classic cars can usually cost more to insure as they are considered more vulnerable to theft or repair. Engine size and power also affects your policy negatively.
- Where you keep your car – If your car is secure over night, your insurance cost will be greatly improved. If you keep your car locked in a garage, you’ll pay less than someone who parks their car on the street.
- How you pay – If you choose to pay your annual insurance policy in one lump sum rather than monthly installments, it will cost significantly less. Insurance providers will charge you interest for the privilege of spreading payments.
- Credit rating – Your credit rating will almost certainly come into play when purchasing an insurance premium. If you are in any way a liability for the provider to take on board your business, it’s more than likely that you’ll charged for the luxury.