Do you know the importance of having a good posture and how your posture can affect you not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Do you watch your posture when sitting, standing, or working out? The concept of a "perfect" posture is questionable, and our postures will change throughout our years, but being aware of our posture and trying to achieve an alignment that reduces stress on our body is ideal.
Over time, bad posture can put tremendous stress on the body leading to back and neck pain, headaches, and muscle imbalances which alter lower limb alignment causing pain and injury. When you slouch or keep your back in an awkward position, your entire body suffers. Poor posture impacts every system in the body, including lung, brain, and digestive function, and it can have a dramatic affect on your confidence and self-image. Standing up straight can prevent a myriad of problems, reduce your risk of injury, help improve your balance and make you stronger.
Posture is the position in which you hold your body while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the optimal alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. When you concentrate on standing tall, you reduce the strain on your joints and allow your muscles to work optimally to support you. Every body is different!
Your posture can be affected by so may things: the job you do, how active you are, your mood and your confidence.
Just take a second - wherever you are and become aware of your body position. Now put yourself into a slumped position and feel how that affects you mentally and physically. While you are there, try and tighten your tummy muscles and see how hard it is. Now sit up tall, and feel the difference that makes... how just sitting up tall has a positive affect on your whole attitude, and how those abdominal muscles are automatically engaged to support your back.
It’s never too late to correct your posture. Our bodies serve us so well, so as a show of gratitude take a few minutes regularly throughout the day to think about your posture, and take the strain out of your day!!
Use a mirror to identify your postural type and look at what you need to do to improve your posture.
Use can also use a wall to help you find correct alignment.
Put little stickers (red dots) around the house to remind you to check your posture regularly through the day or remember to do it every time you read a text message or boil the kettle.