Benefits of Good posture
1.Around 84% of the world’s population suffers from back or neck pain due to poor posture
2. Neck Pain affects 45% of today’s working class due to prolonged bad posture and sedentary lifestyles leading to poor posture and pain
3. Poor Posture can cause back pain, increased fatigue and reduce your productivity
4. Postural Correction exercises can help correct your posture
Posture is the position you maintain while standing, sitting or lying down. You have good posture when your position creates the least amount of strain on supporting muscles and ligaments when you move or perform weight-bearing activity.
Maintaining a good posture is very important to keep your joints properly aligned, which facilitates proper muscle functioning and decreases wear and tear. Though we all tend to think good posture is important to show our confidence, it is much more than just that. Good posture actually reduces stress on the soft tissues surrounding the spinal cord, which helps minimize the likelihood of injury. It helps muscles to work more efficiently and allows the body to utilize less energy and prevent muscle fatigue. Therefore, maintaining a good posture is important not only to show confidence but also to prevent muscle strain, overuse disorders, repetitive stress injuries and postural discomfort.
Perils of Bad Posture?
When a person slouches or slumps it leads to bad circulation causing your vertebrae to deteriorate over time resulting in chronic fatigue and exhaustion.
Chronic back, neck and shoulder pain are primarily caused due to bad posture.
How to Maintain Good Posture?
Guidelines to stand properly
• Keep your shoulders back and relaxed
• Pull in your abdomen
• Keep your feet about hip distance apart
• Balance your weight evenly on both feet
• Try not to tilt your head forward, backward or sideways
• Keep your legs straight but knees relaxed
Guidelines to sit properly
• Make sure feet are flat on the floor or use a footrest
• Do not cross your legs, ankles should ideally be in front of the knees
• Keep a small gap between the back of your knees and the front of your seat
• Knees should be at or below the level of your hips
• Adjust the backrest of the chair to support your low or mid-back
• Relax your shoulders and keep the forearms parallel to the ground
• Avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time
Guidelines to sleep properly
• Find the right mattress. A firm mattress is recommended
• Avoid sleeping on your stomach
• Sleeping on the side or back is often helpful for people with low back pain
• When sleeping on your side, place a pillow between your knees – this helps alleviate excess strain from the lower back musculature
• When sleeping on the back, place a pillow under your knees
Benefits of good posture?
Some of the proven benefits of good posture are:
• Reduced Back and Neck Pain
• Improved work-life balance and productivity
• Improves mood and reduces stress
• Increased confidence
• Better Breathing and Cardiorespiratory Function
Keeping fit and reducing weight can do wonders to improve your posture. Postural correction exercises help strengthen muscles, which help hold the body in the correct position.
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