Good posture, as surprising as it may seem, is as important as healthy eating, working out and sleeping well. Good posture is actually a source of energy, a way of projecting your body and mind fluently, releasing you from stress and fatigue.
Good Posture = Good Health
We call good posture any position of the body that aligns your bones properly and doesn’t stress any of your muscles, so joints and ligaments can work as they are designed to. It also means that each of your inner organs is in a safe position and thus can work efficiently. All of this helps your nervous system to be calm and you avoid a vicious cycle that starts with bad posture and ends in anxiety, only to go back to a worse position.
Poor posture – The result of a bad habit
Often, poor posture develops because of bad habits. This also brings hope, since it means that we can actually change our poor postures and achieve a healthy one.
But where does it come from? What kinds of habits actually influence the way we sit and stand? Certainly, habits of modern and sedentary life.
Watching television and using computers for hours and hours has led our bodies to adopt these bad postures.
Driving: being in the car for long periods of time, using old-fashioned seats that weren’t designed to offer the occupants a healthy posture.
Years and years of poor posture can trigger a series of symptoms in the average adult. They can start by:
Fatigue – you wake up and don’t feel like doing anything. Your muscles are weak, without energy, and so is your mind. Things lose brightness and taste. You think to yourself: “the solution to this problem would be to do some exercise”, but ironically the problem is that you don’t feel like going out or doing exercise. A vicious cycle starts, which can only be ended by adopting a good posture.
Tight muscles in the neck, back, arms and legs. You’ll know that you’ve reached this stage because you’ll feel your muscles and ligaments stiff, tight and painful, specially neck and back muscles. That typical image of a person sitting in front of the computer and moving their head to relieve the pain says it all. Most of neck and back problems are the consequence of years of bad posture.
Joint stiffness and pain – this is especially dangerous in later years, because of the risk of arthritis, or what is called degenerative osteoarthritis. Joints are then very sensitive, since they’ve been supporting the weight of the body for years.
How can I tell if I have a bad posture?
The Mirror Test is a good way of knowing whether you have poor posture or not.
Stand facing a full length mirror and check to see if:
-Your shoulders are level
-Your head is straight
-The spaces between your arms and sides seem equal
-Your hips are level, your kneecaps face straight ahead
-Your ankles are straight
If any of these indicators fail, it’s telling you that you need to correct your posture as soon as possible, but in a way that’s sustainable in time. This is why adding back supports to your seats is a good idea to start feeling the difference little by little.
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