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Can You Wear A Posture Corrector While Working Out?

One of the benefits of working in a company office is that you can request a workstation assessment. This will ensure that your desk screen is set up in a way that you won’t damage your eyes, and that your desk and chair are positioned to prevent neck and back problems down the line. 

While there is some information available online to help you optimise your workspace, the chances are that most of us won’t think to do that until we start to feel the beginnings of neck and back pain or issues with our eyesight. 

Even if working from home is only a temporary arrangement, you should go through this process to prevent problems arising later down the line. 

Similarly, eyesight and posture can be negatively impacted if your job involves driving all day every day, especially if you haven’t optimised your seat. Issues include:

  • Muscle stiffness

  • Lower back pain

  • Joint stiffness

The good news is that both of these can be helped with the use of a posture corrector. 

What is a posture corrector?

The word might elicit thoughts of a terribly restrictive back brace, but nowadays, they are much more comfortable and discreet. The type of corrector you invest in will depend on what part of your body you are trying to support. 

Essentially, the device holds you in a fixed, yet natural position which will condition your body to maintain that posture, even when you aren’t wearing the corrector. 

Can you wear a posture corrector while working out?

The simple answer is yes! You can use a posture brace while undertaking any exercise; however, there are a variety of activities that specifically target poor posture, all of which can be done with a posture corrector. 

Benefits of using a posture corrector when working out

Posture braces aren’t only great for reducing the long-term risks of working at a desk, especially when working from home where a workspace analysis hasn’t been completed; but they can also improve your workout.

A corrector that pulls your shoulders back can improve your stance during yoga, whereas a device targeting your back posture can help to maintain a straight line during weight training. 

Our personal trainers will be able to offer advice for your specific circumstance, as well as discuss other exercises or classes where you could benefit from the use of a posture corrector.

What exercises improve posture?

A variety of exercises can help relieve the impact of working at a desk or behind the wheel. Symptoms of poor posture can be anything from slouching, flat or hunched back, rounded shoulders, ‘text neck’ or jutting out your chin.

Incorporate the following exercises into a regime to battle poor posture stemming from working at a desk or in a role that requires an excessive amount of driving. Use a posture brace for even better results. 

Posture correcting workout:

  • Plank

  • Back extension

  • Side-lying leg raises

  • Neck rotations

  • Chest stretches

  • Neck exercises - lengthening your neck in an upward direction before tucking your chin downwards

Of course, you can wear a posture corrector during other types of exercises, and some correctors are designed to sit under your clothes for full discretion; making them perfect for wearing at the gym.

Don’t forget that while a posture brace can help reduce the impact of a poor workstation, it should always be paired with posture-improving exercises for the best results.