Posture refers to the body’s alignment and positioning with respect to the ever-present force of gravity. It does not matter whether we are standing, sitting or lying down; gravity exerts a force on our joints, ligaments, and muscles. Good posture entails distributing the force of gravity through our body so no one structure is overstressed and is important to balance.
However, there are many benefits to having good posture and ways to practice having a good posture. Moreover, posture can affect your mental wellness.
The benefits of good posture are the following:
- Keeps bones and joints in the correct alignment so that muscles are being used properly.
- Helps decrease the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces.
- Decreases the stress on the ligaments holding the joints of the spine together.
- Prevents the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions.
- Prevents fatigue because muscles are being used more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy.
- Prevents backache and muscular pain.
- Contributes to a good appearance.
Consequently, one way to practice good posture is to not slouch. A constant slump smashes your inside organs together, and makes it harder for your lungs and intestines to work; it also makes it difficult to digest or get enough air when you breathe. Sitting and standing with proper postural alignment will allow one to work more efficiently with less fatigue and strain on your body’s ligaments and muscles. You may need to contact the doctor on ways to improve your posture if you have posture problems. In addition, don’t tilt the neck when texting because it can cause a strain on the spine; it is recommended that you hold the phone up and just move your eyes and not your head. Likewise, when driving, do not be a low-rider; make sure you pull your seat close to the steering wheel with the knees slightly bent at hip level and above. Heels should be saved for a night out because they can thrust the base of the spine forward. Wearing a lower, chunky heel for daily wear is better in order to relieve pressure on the nerves. Moreover, when sleeping, it is good to have a firm mattress that helps to hold the spine’s natural shape. Side sleepers should bend the knees slightly and place a pillow under the head. Back sleepers should ditch the thick pillow and choose a small one under the neck. Exercising and toning the abs is also important because too many pounds around the belly puts added stress on the back. A well-designed workout plan will keep your body and spine in tip-top shape.
Lastly, poor posture can put you in a lousy mood and make you feel more stressed and depressed. A good posture can make you feel happier and more energetic, plus you will get a confidence boost and be less guarded. So much of how we communicate is non-verbal and looking like you can face the day makes all the difference.