Posture is the position in which you hold your body while standing, sitting or lying down. Proper posture is just as important as eating healthy, exercising and getting a good night's sleep. It keeps your bones and joints aligned so that your muscles are being used properly and efficiently.
Don't Be a Slouch
Slouching can lead to aches and pains in your neck, shoulder and back, as well as joint stiffness, which causes wear and tear on your muscles. Poor posture can also affect your emotional well-being by reducing your confidence and self-esteem. You may have heard that the mind leads the body, and it's true. When you hold your head up high and stand up straight, it helps you to be calmer, more relaxed and more mentally stable. Plus, it improves your appearance by making you look taller and slimmer.
What Contributes to Poor Posture?
- Weak or tight muscles (that's why it's important to stretch)
- Uncomfortable footwear, like high heels or tight shoes
Tips for Better Posture
- Exercise! Strengthening your abdominal and back muscles will help you stand up straighter.
- Take a look in the mirror while standing. Your ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles should make one straight line.
- When sitting, keep your knees at hip level and sit as far back against the chair as possible.
- Always sleep on a firm mattress on your side or back, never on your stomach.