Why Good Posture is Important
The Benefits of Standing Up Straight
Growing up, our mothers would always tell us to “sit up straight” and “don’t slouch!” The reason mom said this was to ensure we practiced good posture at a young age so it would carry into our adulthood. As we get older, we set into our habits and do not think about the long term repercussions that come with some of the choices we make such as smoking, eating unhealthy, and one that is often over thought — bad posture.
What is bad posture and how does it effect your body??
The word posture is used to describe how your body is positioned while you sit, stand, and lie down. Bad posture is when you slouch your shoulders and back and you body is not in straight alignment. A body that is not properly aligned has more risk of injury and strain because the body is positioned in a way where the muscles and ligaments are unable to function the way they are intended. Not only does this cause a lot of stress to your muscles, but it also can have long term effects on the body’s performance for example difficulties with breathing and digesting.
What causes poor posture?
Poor posture can be caused by a multitude of reasons such as weak muscles, tight muscles, obesity, pregnancy, or wearing the wrong shoes. Humans are creatures of habit so it becomes consciously hard to break those habits like remembering to sit up straight and not slouch.
What are the benefits of good posture?
Having good posture results in physical and mental benefits such as improved digestion and breathing, aligning your muscles and joints and a healthier spine. Other positive factors include a more confident image, gives your a more positive frame of mind, and a happier body. The fact is having proper posture will help you look and feel better, but you have to be mindful to practice good posture.
How do I practice good posture?
If you have had improper posture for quite some time, changes will not be made overnight. You will have to implement good posture into your routine and constantly remind yourself to stand and sit up straight. Being conscious and aware of the problem will help consciously fix the problem itself. When you’re sitting at work, be sure to sit up right and at eye level with your computer while being sure to take stretch breaks throughout the day. When you’re standing all day, be sure to bear your weight on the balls of your feet, keeping the knees slightly bent and shoulder width apart, and maintaining and straight line from your head to your toes through your spine. When you’re sleeping at night, first and foremost it is important to have a mattress that is right for you. Next, avoid sleeping on your stomach and practice sleeping on your sides or your back. This not only helps with better posture, but also helps any back pains you may be experiencing.
Just like anything in life, practice makes perfect, and practicing good posture will result in an improved lifestyle physically and mentally. If you are experiencing back problems or have any questions or concerns, please call us at (972) 771–8111 to speak with one of our qualified staff members and they can point you in the right direction.
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