The Importance of Posture

Posture is an important, but often forgotten part of our daily lives. As we spend more and more time infront of our computers and desks, we all too often find ourselves with shoulders rolled in, heads hanging forward, and spine hunched over.

Unfortunately, your poor posture is affecting more than just your appearance. Here are the ways posture impact our lives.

Health

Poor posture is the leading cause of back pain, which is the number one reason for missed work days, visits to the doctor’s office, and costly disability claims.

Recent research has shown that over 80% of the population in the US suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.

Mood & Productivity

According to a 2014 TIME article, slouching can make you feel more sluggish, tired, and even sad. Read more

In her TED Talk, Amy Cuddy says that adopting a tall, open posture releases chemicals in your body that help you feel more energetic, powerful, and confident. See her talk

Communication

55% of all communication is through your body language, which includes your posture. Slouching gives off the impression of boredom, insecurity, fear and laziness.

Standing up straight communicates to others that you are competent, open-minded, successful and confident.

Appearance

According to this Daily Mail article, beautiful, tall posture helps to elongate your silhouette and can help you look up to 10 pounds lighter, instantly.

Practicing good posture engages your core and helps to build abdominal and back muscles.

So what does “practicing good posture” even look like?

Good posture is maintaining the natural and neutral curvature of your spine by engaging your core, pulling your shoulders back, and holding your chin up.

When you are in good posture, there shouldn’t be any part of your back, neck, or shoulders that feels tense or strained. Many of us tend to overarch our backs when we think of good posture. However, this kind of posture is equally harmful to our bodies as it is to slump over.

Be sure that your body feels relaxed and comfortable when you are in good posture. The goal is to release tension and pain, not to create additional sores!

If you are unsure, try these two other alternative to get into good posture.

1

Lightly clasp your hands together behind your back while standing. Lift your chin slightly, and maintain that posture while you bring both hands back to your sides. This naturally pulls your shoulders back and puts your spine in a neutral position.

2

Stand flat against the wall so that your head, shoulders, arms, and feet all touch the wall. Lift your chin and look straight ahead. This is slightly more challenging than the first method. Be sure to listen to your body and adjust accordingly.

Ready to Lift?

Understanding good posture is only the first step. Posture, good or bad, is a habit and not an act. With plenty going on in our hectic and busy schedules, the real challenge is to practice the mindfulness required to replace old posture habits with new ones.

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