There is a very thin line between being at rest and being lazy. While we read a book, we tend to lose ourselves in the story and we don’t realize how or in what position did we read that entire book. It is true, if you have a good posture and sit correctly, the experience of whatever it is that you are doing will be magnified. So to have a bad posture also means to give our self a headache or a backache for no reason at all. There are particular ways in which the experience of a book can be magnified and almost all of them pertain to correcting the posture.
Make a 90-Degree Angle with your Legs
While sitting on a chair we do tend to make a lot of permutation combinations with our legs like crossing them over one another. But this is said to be bad for your legs as the blood flow is constrained. So the best way to sit and read is to have your thighs parallel and your lower legs perpendicular to the floor. It is as though making a right angle with your legs. This is also the best way for oxygen to be doing its work continuously and effectively inside your legs.
A Foot Support
While sitting like the above scenario maybe ideal for your legs, it doesn’t sound very relaxing. So in order to relax just support your feet my putting cushions or a stool under them, so that your entire lower body is almost at the same level as your upper body and the blood circulation is the most efficient. This position will also make you feel more at ease and reading a book will not seem as a task.
Support your Back
The areas that are affected the worst while reading are your neck and back. Therefore, it seems obvious that we need to support them the most. Nowadays, we all have a habit to slouch and in case we don’t have a back support we tend to slouch even more. So sit on a chair that provides your back the support it needs and avoid a hunch for life.
Sit up straight
First rule of Yoga is to stretch your back and sit up straight. Most health problem that a human being faces can be solved with good posture and sitting up straight is the best way to go about it. Yogis who keep their back absolutely straight never get any back or neck pain. Trick is to straighten your tailbone against and keep your feet flat on the ground.
Keep your book at the same level as your eyes. If you have to bend your neck and have too lower it to read, then your neck is in serious danger. In case you get tired of holding the book in your hands, invest in a reading table that holds your books at the same level as your face. Another thing we should invest in is breaks because even though reading is a pleasurable activity, too much of it in one go is harmful, so remember to keep taking that walk.