”Stand up straight!” How many times have we all heard that? And how many of us consciously think about our posture and our body’s alignment? Guaranteed, not enough!
If you’re reading this, you’re in the right place and you’re not alone. How we carry ourselves is more far more important than most of us realize. Posture problems lead to fatigue and strain on your body’s muscles and ligaments and that’s just the beginning. Poor posture can lead to a host of health problems like poor balance, headaches, and breathing difficulties to name a few. According to Harvard Medical School, poor posture has also been linked to incontinence, heartburn, and slowed digestion.
Correct standing posture and good sitting posture allow your body to function more efficiently. Being aware of your posture is the first step to breaking old poor postural habits and reducing stress and strain on your spine.
Benefits of Good Posture:
Allows your body to function more efficiently: When bones and joints are in correct alignment, muscles are properly engaged
Increased levels of energy: When the body is in correct alignment, energy isn’t spent fighting strain and fatigue
Prevents the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions.
Contributes to a healthier, more vibrant and youthful appearance
Decreases stress on the ligaments holding the joints of the spine together
Prevents backaches and muscular pain
Tips for Correct Standing Posture:
Bear your weight primarily on the balls of your feet.
Keep your knees slightly bent.
Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart.
Let your arms hang naturally down the sides of the body.
Stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulled backward.
Tuck your stomach in.
Keep your head level-your earlobes should be in line with your shoulders. Do not push your head forward, backward, or to the side.
Shift your weight from your toes to your heels, or one foot to the other, if you have to stand for a long time.
Tips for Best Sitting Posture:
Keep your feet on the floor or on a footrest, if they don't reach the floor.
Don't cross your legs. Your ankles should be in front of your knees.
Keep a small gap between the back of your knees and the front of your seat.
Your knees should be at or below the level of your hips.
Adjust the backrest of your chair to support your low- and mid-back or use a back support.
Relax your shoulders and keep your forearms parallel to the ground.
Avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time