Maintaining a good posture is vital to your overall health. Unknown to many, a good posture is just as essential as a healthy diet, sleeping comfortably and exercising. It ensures that your body is well poised to undertake daily tasks with more vigour and energy, all the while keeping away fatigue. It’s a core pillar to your overall physical health.
So then, what is posture, and how can one maintain it? Posture is basically the position we hold our bodies in while standing, seating and even when lying down. A good posture ensures that our entire body is symmetrically aligned and the muscle tension is just about right. And maintaining a good posture ought to be fairly easy.
Why Maintain A Good Posture?
Sustaining a good posture is a big part of your health. It ensures that your bones are well aligned with the rest of the body, while the tension in your muscles and ligaments is properly distributed. More so, it keeps the body parts in their rightful positions with minimal stress. This decreases the risk of injury not only throughout the day but during our workouts to.
- Muscles will coordinate more-efficiently, ensuring the body utilises less energy, thus eliminating muscle fatigue. This allows one to undertake tasks for longer periods with minimal exhaustion.
- Holds the spine in place, which is essential in maintaining a good posture. With less stress on the ligaments, coupled with aligned spinal joints, the possibility of injury is greatly minimised.
- Aids in preventing back and muscular pain, all which are signs of a poorly relaxed body. Thus eliminating a myriad of other ailments that may accompany such issues.
- Decreases the abnormal wearing of joints by keeping them and the bones properly aligned. By ensuring our muscles are used correctly and that no wear or tear occurs, chronic risks like arthritis are duly eliminated.
What Is Good Posture?
Sustaining a good posture should not be taken to be a massive mental task or a constant bother. In fact, the body is designed to maintain normal posture unconsciously via certain muscles. If you have to think about it you haven’t yet trained your body well enough to maintain good posture. Outlined below are some tips to help you out.
- Sitting/ Desk: your feet are on the floor, knees at or below your hip level, relaxed shoulders over your hips with your forearms at a parallel position to the ground, and have your backrest support your entire back, none of those lumbar support pillows doing the core for you. Use your core to hold you up.
- Standing: your weight is borne by the soles of your feet, with your feet placed about hips width, tuck your ribs in, and have your hands hanging naturally from the body sides. All the while maintaining a straight and tall structure. Think of a string attached to the top of your head lifting you up the whole day.
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