“Stand up straight!” “Sit up straight!” “Stop slouching!”
Did your mother say any or all of the above sentences to you when you were little? Yes? Well, you’re not alone. But there was a purpose. Aside from annoying you, she emphasized the importance of good posture for your appearance and, more importantly, for your health.
Good posture is not just standing up straight or sitting with a straight back.
Good posture is standing up straight, sitting straight, and positioning your body.
What is Good Posture?
Good posture refers to having a neutral spine, where your muscle groups, joints, and ligaments align in a way that reduces stress. Keeping your body flexible reduces fatigue and helps maintain your balance. If your posture is out of alignment, it can lead to muscle or joint strain.
Good posture enables the proper alignment of your bones and joints and puts less stress on your muscles and ligaments. Therefore, to practice better posture, we must train to stand, walk, sit and lie properly.
Benefits of Good Posture
- Reduced low back pain
- Reduced wear and tear in the joints
- Fewer headaches
- Better breathing
- Improved range of motion
- Boosted energy
The Benefits of Good Posture on Mental Health
- Boosts confidence
- Eases depression
- Lowers stress
Helpful Tips For Creating Better Posture When Standing:
- Stand with your head up
- shoulders straight
- chest forward
- weight balanced evenly on both feet
- and your hips tucked in
Helpful Tips For Creating Better Posture When Seated:
- Keep the height of your chair so that your feet rest flat on the floor. A footrest can also be utilized.
- Knees should be below your hips.
- Keep your legs uncrossed.
- There should be a space between your knees and the front of the chair.
- When working on a computer, the top of your monitor should be below your sight level.
- Head, neck & spine should align with your torso.
- Forearms should be parallel to the ground, shoulders relaxed.
- Get up every 60 minutes to stretch.
How To Fix Your Posture With Strength Training
Adopting an upright seated posture in the face of stress can maintain self-esteem, reduce negative mood, and increase positive attitude compared to a slumped posture. Furthermore, sitting upright increases the rate of speech and reduces self-focus. Sitting upright may be a simple behavioral strategy to help build resilience to stress. The research agrees with embodied cognition theories that muscular and autonomic states influence emotional responses.
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