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This Is the Best Posture for Reading Books

By George Mathews | Sep 8, 2017 | SHARE Share

The way you sit while you are reading your book is more important than most people think. If your posture is bad, it can bring nasty problems like neck, back and shoulder pain. Poor posture can also reduce your focus, concentration and the amount of time you can read.

However, if you adopt a good posture, it will stimulate your focus and concentration, and allow you to keep reading longer. Good posture is the one that you can comfortably and safely stay in longest while reading.


5 Key Things for Good Posture while Reading


It’s good you are taking the time to better your mind by reading, so make sure you’re also doing the same for your body. Here are five things to remember that'll help you maintain the correct posture while reading:


1. Straight Back


Supporting your back is central to maintaining good posture while reading. Bending your back and hunching forward can lead to neck and back pain, especially if you keep repeating this bad habit over a long period of time. Keep your back straight, pressed parallel to the back of the chair to ensure your spine is in a safe position that can be set for a long period of time. This will improve your focus, concentration, and ensure you’re not easily distracted. It will also help prevent back and neck pains.


2. Neutral Spine


Sit up straight with your chin tucked down and your neck even with your shoulders. Place the tailbone of your lower back comfortably against the back of your chair. If you find it difficult or uncomfortable to maintain a neutral spine posture, improve your body positioning by periodically stretching your neck, shoulders, back and hips. Everything is all connected for good posture.


3. Feet Propped Up


Seating yourself in a comfortable and relaxing posture is easier when you lift up your feet and legs using a little foot platform. A foot platform keeps your blood circulation efficient. Be mindful also that the edge of your chair does not cut off the blood supply to your legs. Place your thighs parallel to the floor with your feet supported comfortably against the foot platform on the floor. The position of your feet and legs determine how relaxed and comfortable you feel when you are reading.


4. Eyes Trailed Straight Ahead


Bring the book closer to your eyes instead of slouching forward and pulling your head closer to the book. Keep the book at a little less than arm’s length. This will help keep your head upright, your back straight, and you won’t strain your eyes. Your spine will also be neutral – from the tail bone up through the neck. Having your head tilted for hours can be strenuous on your neck and shoulders. Properly adjusting your head will open up your air passages and keep oxygen flowing more efficiently to your brain.  


5. Chair well Adjusted


Sit upright in your chair with knees bent at a 90-degree angle. Your seat and the back of your chair should be cushioned for added comfort. This will support blood flow and keep circulation going. You can also support your elbows with pillows or some other type of cushioning to maintain a comfortable posture throughout while reading for an extended period of time.

Read Also: 12 Reasons Reading Widely Is So Important For Writers.


George Mathews is a staff writer for He is passionate about personal growth and development.



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