Our parents and teachers would always remind us to sit up and stand straight when we were young. It was almost impossible for us to keep this lesson in mind and so here we are- debilitated and suffering from being disobedient in the past. The importance of having good posture is essentially realized when we reach our adult years. Although bad posture may have been our habit during the first few years of life until adolescence, it is only during our later adult years that we start feeling the pain and the negative side effects of bad posture.
The good news is that, developing good posture is never too late. You can start as early as you want or how late you want! Maintaining a good posture will only bring forth many health and wellness benefits. If you would like to look and feel good, you may have to start with the classic sit up and stand straight yet again! But wait, this is only the beginning, as developing and maintain good posture is but a long, continuous, and never-ending process!
What is posture?
Posture essentially pertains to the proper alignment of the human body’s bones and joints. Not only is posture related to ideal spine alignment, but it also pertains to other structures of the body. The inherent function of joints is to absorb the weight of the supporting structures. Constantly and continuously strained from activities and its primary task of supporting the weight may take a toll on the joints. In order to ensure joint strength and to substantially reduce stress, good posture should be regained once again. This is easier said than done for most people as constantly being on the move may take their minds off keeping their spine in proper alignment. However, people should prioritize the mastery of good postural tips as there are a ton of good benefits that you can get from performing them regularly and on a daily basis.
– Look thinner
With proper posture, you are sure to look several pounds thinner. Since the different regions of the spine are curved in its proper places, the abdominal area is tucked in and in proportion to the rest of the upper body. Although you will not have the ability to shed some pounds by practicing good posture, you are sure to become inspired with the complements that you will increase your weight loss efforts overtime.
– Look taller
Not only will you be looking taller, there is an actual increase of height when you observe proper posture and perform postural exercises. In regions where the joints and bones are compressed, postural exercises and keeping a good posture will decrease this problem, enabling you to be pain-free. Moreover, since the joints and ligaments are stretched back to their normal position, this will in turn add a few inches to your current height.
– Enhanced respiratory function
Slouching or any improper body positioning or misalignment results in compromised respiratory function. Slouching for instance crushes the rib cage and other internal organs forward. This position makes it harder for the lungs to achieve optimal function. Consequently, the digestive system gets mushed in the process resulting in problems with absorption and elimination.
– Improved mood and mental performance
Although there are no evidences to prove the benefit of good posture in relation to cognitive and mental function, there are observations that suggest that people that practice good posture feel better and tend to feel positivity in all their endeavors. You can instantly pick up the mood and improve your sense of well being by practicing simple postural techniques as poised sitting and standing positions.
Proper Posture Techniques
– Get the right type of desk and chair and adjust them according to your height
An ergonomic chair is the ultimate solution if you would like to correct our posture in a seating position. Ergonomics help people to adjust their spine and the upper body region to a neutral spine position. Always look for a quality ergonomic chair that will not only look comfortable, but feel comfortable as well. It is not hard to keep up with a good posture, provided that you have the right tools and equipment for the job.
– Become more aware of your posture and correct if necessary
It is really hard to remind oneself to correct the posture when you have a hundred and one things running through your mind. You may have to ask family members and friends to help you in maintaining good posture. Ask them to remind you if they observe that you are going back to your bad posture practices. Reinforce and motivate yourself on a daily basis so you become more aware of keeping good posture at all times.
– Wear comfortable shoes that facilitate good posture and decrease the strain on joints
Heels, flats, and sandals are nice to look at, but they are undoubtedly pains overtime. If you have a lot of activities to perform or you walk a lot throughout a day, wear a pair of shoes that has support and balance features so you don’t end up with injured legs or a painful back and spinal region. A pair of running shoe or tennis shoes is most ideal if you are always on the go.
– Exercise regularly
There are exercises that promote good posture. The main function of daily exercise is that it strengthens the joints and muscles of the body. Maintaining a good posture is impossible if you already have injured your joints. Try out Yoga and Pilates as they are popular in developing posture, balance, and strength.
Look and feel good by following these simple, but highly effective posture exercises!