Top 5 Reasons to Correct your Posture
Practice a few Posture Correction Exercises for Total Body Fitness
The proverbial saying Prevention is better than Cure stands true for most aspects of life, but is especially worth noting when it comes to health and well-being. Taking care of your body is a process, a habit that one gets accustomed to only with repeated practice. So also is good posture. If your eating habits determine how you look, feel, and live in your lifetime, so do your postural habits. Before getting into the nitty gritty of how and why posture affects your well-being, here’s a quick rundown of what good posture will do for you; after reading this, you will immediately want to correct your posture:
With poor posture, the weight of your body will be abnormally thrust/applied upon your bones, which is when you develop body pain. This can be prevented by correcting your posture
Do you experience strain in your legs and lower back every-time you take a brisk walk or swing your arms? If yes, then you suffer from a weak core.This most definitely affects your posture as well and consequently, limits your body movements. With good posture, mobility will improve due to optimal loading of your weight on muscles and bones during movement
You will be less prone to fractures due to improved body flexibility
You will feel good about yourself; a good posture automatically projects a confident demeanor
You will be able to work for long hours without feeling lethargic or stressed
In general, good posture sets the tone for your overall health; you will be less prone to injuries during regular workouts. Now that you see these many benefits, here’s the lowdown on how pursuing good posture will help prevent physical injuries and let you maintain an active lifestyle:
Posture is essentially our way to anatomically correct our bodily movements and structure in a particular setting. This setting could be anything from our workspace to the driver’s seat and even when sleeping. Most of us fall naturally into our standard anatomical position with respect to our environment. This means that you and I are automatically inclined to adopt any body position that makes us comfortable in any setting. Don’t you instinctively adjust your chair so that your feet are planted firmly on the ground for better comfort? Likewise, we are conditioned to adapt our bodies to our surroundings in such a manner that allows us to be optimally functional with minimum discomfort.
Of course, by now, you may have already asked yourself: then what is bad posture? Is there such a thing as poor ergonomics, and if so, how and why? Because it doesn’t make sense fretting over something that you know will take its natural course, both in this case as well as in life in general!
Sure thing, postural reflexes kick in every time you tend to lose balance or control. This is essentially your outward reaction or stimulus to protect yourself from a bad outcome. However, there is such a thing as mindfulness. Have you questioned why you get back pain every time you are required to fill in those spreadsheets? As a therapy for your soul, you could blame your reporting person for assigning you those painfully monotonous tasks, hence those pangs of self-pity! Or you could open your mind to the fact that you are not practicing mindfulness. That’s right, mindfulness or lack thereof, is your answer to bad posture. It is an art that is lost on most of us simply because we tend to take our physical well-being for granted in our race to the top. Think about it; you are usually so engrossed into the workscreen in front of you that you don’t realize when your back is suffering from a habitually slouched position. Mindfulness alerts you every time you are thrusting undue pressure on your muscles and joints. If you are too overwhelmed with the concept, you can always set yourself a reminder on your phone to correct your posture or take a break and stretch yourself. Stretching exercises help alleviate the strain in your body.
There is a common misconception, especially among the younger generation that physical pain is mostly attributed to age and body weight. That is true to a good degree; as you age, your muscles tend to give away, and heavy weights have always been prone to injuries when engaging in vigorous activities. Apart from these valid reasons, there is a good chance that young adults of medium built will also suffer from body pain. The reasons for this can be many, but mostly to do with a sedentary lifestyle and poor ergonomics. Most people are engaged in a desk job for the better part of their waking hours. This can play havoc on your health for two reasons: you are not getting the required exercise to keep your body agile and healthy; also, you may be subjecting yourself to undue physical pain due to poor posture. To combat these two lifestyle hazards, you need to firstly, practice good posture and secondly, indulge in some kind of a physical activity. These two can be very well accomplished if you start to practice good posture because you will be engaging in a few useful workouts while also correcting your body alignment.
Bad posture is the primary cause of back pain for most young adults, including those who maintain an active lifestyle. Healing from physical pain is a long term treatment that can be achieved through stepwise progression. In other words, it helps that you make the small changes today: correct your workplace ergonomics and posture to prevent injuries and see the big difference to your health tomorrow.