Good posture. According to most, it’s something we should all be striving for. But is it really that important?
It never feels like anything is wrong as you sit slouching over your computer screen, but are there hidden costs to your body?
Here we’ll take a look at some of the most prevalent ways that maintaining good posture throughout your day can improve your health.
Table of Contents
- What is Good Posture?
- Here’s How It Can Improve Your Health…
- 1. A Reduction in Back Pain
- 2. Decreased Likelihood of Joint Conditions
- 3. Less Muscle Fatigue
- 4. An Increased Range of Motion
- 5. A Reduction in Athletic Injuries
- 6. Better Breathing Capacity
- 7. More Confidence
- 8. An Improvement in Circulation
- 9. It Can Break You Out of the Cycle of Bad Posture
- 10. Fewer Headaches
- How to Maintain Good Posture:
What is Good Posture?
Good posture means going about your day-to-day business in a way that keeps your muscles and joints in their natural places. It should be comfortable, and it should reduce any unneeded strains.
For example, your spine should always be in its natural shape of an S-curve.
Here’s How It Can Improve Your Health…
1. A Reduction in Back Pain
2. Decreased Likelihood of Joint Conditions
3. Less Muscle Fatigue
4. An Increased Range of Motion
5. A Reduction in Athletic Injuries
6. Better Breathing Capacity
7. More Confidence
8. An Improvement in Circulation
9. It Can Break You Out of the Cycle of Bad Posture
Bad posture is a cycle that keeps getting worse the longer it is left unattended. As you stick to bad habits, your muscle memory will reinforce the position and your vertebrae start to move out of alignment.
Once this has happened, muscle tension becomes worse, leading to a continued decline in posture. Starting to focus on good posture as soon as possible will stop this!
10. Fewer Headaches
Although the two seem unrelated, bad posture can cause headaches. Predominately at the base of your skull, these headaches are caused by too much tension in the neck and shoulder muscles, often due to a slumped-over sitting position.
Fittingly, these are referred to as tension headaches. Sitting in an upright position with good posture reduces these drastically.
How to Maintain Good Posture:
Now that you’ve seen what benefits it can bring, here are some quick and easy tips to follow to maintain good posture.
When sleeping or at least when falling asleep, sleep on your back. If you sleep on your side, do so with a pillow under your head and between your knees to keep your spine straight.
When sitting at a computer or desk, sit up straight with your feet flat on the ground and take regular breaks.
When standing, avoid slouching! Keep your head up and shoulders slightly back.
By far the best way to ensure continued good posture is to train your core muscles through exercises such as Pilates or yoga.
Doing this regularly will give your muscles the strength to work correctly, and you’ll have more awareness of which muscles to engage in different situations. Over time, you’ll have wonderful posture!
Health by choice, not by chance.