"Sit up straight!"
No person has ever escaped childhood without hearing these two phrases, sometimes one after another, from a parent or teacher.
But mom and your second grade teacher were onto something.
Having good posture is good for us, and there surprisingly are many benefits to maintaining proper posture for our health and well-being.
Take a breath
The most important reason behind practicing good posture is it facilitates proper breathing.
Air flows better throughout your body, to your organs and your brain when you’re sitting up properly, as opposed to when you are slouching. Good posture also helps to give you more energy because when you slouch, your muscles have to work harder to hold you up, which leads to feeling more fatigued.
When you have bad posture, especially when sitting, you are weakening your core abdominal and back muscles, thereby putting strain on your neck and shoulders. This can lead to, you guessed it, achy necks and shoulders, as well as headaches as the muscles and nerves in your neck are straining to keep your head upright.
A pain in the back
Over time, bad posture can also lead to a slew of health problems like lower back pain, slipped discs, joint pain, poor blood circulation and even chest pressure pain.
Many of these conditions are reversible if you practice good posture. But if ignored, you can create a permanent slouch that will just get worse as you age. Good posture also protects your spinal joints against injury.
A confident stride
Nothing says self-confidence like someone who walks with good posture. People who do look and feel more confident and give off an air of assertiveness and positivity. When you look good, you feel good, and walking with your shoulders back and head facing forward one way to help you achieve that.
Good standing posture, in 3 quick steps:
1. Adjust your head so that your ears don't sit ahead of the mid-point of your shoulders
2. Adjust your shoulders so that your shoulder blades aren't visible - if they are, your back is too rounded
3. Adjust your shoulders so that they rest at the same height