This is the reminder you needed to check on your posture…
Trying to maintain a good posture is hard. 50% of people will experience some form of bad posture symptoms at their workplace.
Health care professionals seem to constantly be talking about posture. But why? Whilst many people take away the message that they should “stand up straighter”, it’s easier said than done.
Why is a good posture important?
One of the reasons why posture is so important is that the body has an ideal alignment for almost every joint that provides the most stability and efficiency for movement in that position.
This is particularly true for the spine, which has a large number of joints that work together to provide:
The spine must also provide a stable base for the shoulder and head. When the spine is in its optimum position, this also allows for free movement of the nerves that supply the trunk, arms and legs.
What happens when you have a bad posture?
While the human body is highly adaptable and will continue to function when a posture is not “ideal”, a lot of energy is wasted and undue stress is placed on the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the body.
Over time this can cause:
- Loss of flexibility
- Spinal dysfunction
- Joint degeneration
- Pot belly
How to improve your posture:
- Breathing exercises
- Stretching regularly
- Keep your shoulders back
- Low impact exercises
- Don’t stay in the same position for long periods of time (Get up and move)
So why should you improve your posture?
Benefits of having a good posture:
- Higher self-esteem
- Improved concentration
- Better lung function.
- Less stress
Working with a great base posture combined with regular movement and stretches can have a surprising impact on your overall wellbeing.
The information in this article is not a replacement for proper medical advice. Always see a medical professional for an assessment of your condition.