This is familiar to all of us: the neck and back pain that comes with sitting far too long in front of our PC at work or at home. Those are signs of holding our body in a poor posture. Unfortunately, concerning our health and wellness, we don’t think about our posture that much. We know that we need to eat well and work out regularly but what about having good posture? Why is it as important? Good posture is so much more than sitting up straight to look good.
Well, you will be surprised about all the health benefits you can reap from practicing good posture!
What is good posture?
Posture is how we hold our bodies. There are 2 types: static and dynamic posture.
Static posture is how you hold yourself when you are not moving, like when you are sitting or sleeping.
Dynamic posture is how you hold yourself when you are moving, like when you are walking or running.
Our body is symmetrical and we should use our muscles equally and proportionally both on the left and right sides. Unluckily, that is way too often not the case. We sit too much on the couch or slouch on our work desk. As mentioned earlier, we all have experienced body pains caused by poor posture.
A good posture is when we stack our spine and keep our heads high. Also called “neutral spine”, proper posture enables the muscles surrounding the spine to be balanced and support the body evenly.
Therefore, aiming to correct your posture has great rewards!
Here are 16 healthy reasons why you should practice good posture!
1. Rise up your energy!
When you slouch, your muscles are in an unnatural position, not letting them be used efficiently and as they’re intended. Good posture allows for less fatigue as your muscles don’t have to work harder. You support your energy levels.
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2. Breathe better!
Good posture increases your lungs’ capacity because they have more space to expand. Slouching reduces your ability to breathe deeply and fully, shortening the muscles at the front of your body and compressing your lungs. So stand up tall and fill your lungs with good oxygen as much as 30%!
3. Relieve your back!
If you feel constant neck and back pain, it’s probably because you slump at your desk too much. Improper alignment of the spine puts stress on the muscles that support it. Over time, this tension causes chronic back and neck pain. Especially in the lower back.
On one hand, when you slouch forward sitting down, the posterior structures of your spine (discs, ligaments, joints) get pulled and stretched out which makes the back muscles grow weaker. On the other hand, your front side muscles (chest, hips) grow shorter and tighter.
4. Get fewer headaches!
When you drop your head and droop your shoulders, it creates tension in the back of the neck. This strain can contribute to tension headaches. Consequently, correcting our posture and reducing the forward head position can help improve headaches.
5. Improve your blood circulation!
Slouching compresses vital organs like the stomach, intestines, and liver and it cramps the blood flow. Having healthy circulation is crucial to ensure our organs get all the oxygen and nutrients they need to function efficiently.
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6. Optimize your digestion!
Good posture optimizes your blood circulation and digestion because all your organs align well. This facilitates the free course of digestive juices.
7. Boost up your brain health!
Optimum circulation of nutrients and oxygenation of the connective tissues greatly affect the brain. When the brain’s neurons are well-fed, you think sharply and the overall health of your brain is actively supported.
Having good posture improves your concentration and keeps you on task!
8. Increase your self-confidence!
According to a study in 2009, having good posture gives you more confidence in yourself and your own thoughts.
Moreover, standing up tall communicates good self-esteem that gets noticed also by others.
The results show how our body posture can affect not only what others think about us, but also how we think about ourselves, said Richard Petty, co-author of the study and professor of psychology at Ohio State University.
9. Lift up your mood!
Not only can proper posture boost your energy and self-confidence, but it can also improve your mood. The simple action of standing up straight, shoulders back and head lifted can affect the way you feel. So whenever you’re feeling down, depressed, think about standing tall. That will relax you and perk up your mood.
10. Protect your joints!
Have you ever felt your wrists hurt after using your keyboard? Needless pressure on your wrists’ joints tends to occur when you constantly bend over your keyboard.
Furthermore, uneven posture like standing on one side of your body or leg causes hip pain and over time your joints wear out.
11. Enhance your flexibility!
Bad posture speeds us the process of aging, especially at your joints. As you get older, it can make you feel stiff and it also affects your range of motion. Good posture greatly benefits your mobility and flexibility.
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12. Strengthen your core!
A muscular effort is needed to stay erect. In fact, it’s your core and upper back muscles that support your spine when you hold a good posture. It won’t result in six-pack abs but it will surely strengthen and keep your core engaged.
13. Burn more calories!
As you work to stay upward, you simultaneously engage your core and burn more calories. Walking around with good posture allows your big postural muscles (shoulders, hip, pelvis, knees, and ankles) to engage and burn more calories.
14. Work out better!
You optimize your performance when you exercise in a proper upright position. You minimize the pressure on your body and your joints move normally. As a consequence, you work out more efficiently.
15. Prevent injury!
While you exercise, having a neutral spine and engaged core helps prevent injuries. Not only when you are working out! Hunching over your screen can contribute to workstation-related injuries such as elbow tendonitis, shoulder, and wrist strain.
16. Look taller!
On top of all the health benefits you get from standing straight, you look taller and more slender when you have good posture! Up to 10 pounds skinnier. Slouching makes your belly appear bigger.
“Sit up straight!”
So here are the 16 significant reasons why good posture will enhance your life. Convinced? This optimum position is the key to using your muscles and supporting your spine properly. Plus, your joints, ligaments, and bones all cooperate to keep you away from any pain.
The extra bonus: you feel happier and look more attractive to others!
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