The real answer is, it depends on who you ask. The argument of good posture and its effect on overall health is largely debated. However, there are significant indicators that lead us to recommend good posture to our patients—especially those suffering from chronic neck, upper, and lower back pain.
What Is “Good Posture” Anyway?
There are a few key elements of proper posture. Here’s how you can achieve it when either sitting or standing.
Start by raising your chin until its parallel to the floor. Roll your shoulders back and make sure they’re even with each other and that you’re not leaning over to one side more than the other. Focus on making your spine neutral—meaning no arching or flexing. Let your arms rest evenly at your sides. Adjust your hips and knees until they’re even, and point both of your knees straight ahead. Evenly distribute your weight between each of your feet. Finally, slightly tighten your abdominal muscles.
And voila, you’re in perfect posture!
Why Do Some People Have “Bad” Posture?
If you have poor posture, don’t beat yourself up too terribly. There are many reasons, including health conditions, that prevent people from being able to achieve proper posture.
These could include decreased range of motion due to tight muscles or poor muscle strength. For example, weak core muscles can cause you to slouch over.
Benefits Of Proper Posture
First and foremost, proper posture leads to a good balance when your weight is distributed evenly on your feet. When you have good posture, it’s easier to maintain good form when exercising—thus preventing injury. Proper posture can even help with your athletic performance in a variety of sports like golf, dance, skiing, tennis, and more.
Even if you’re not an athletic, good posture helps prevent injury that can occur in a variety of everyday activities—like walking up and down stairs, getting up from a chair, or carrying a heavy object.
How To Improve Posture
Improving your posture is actually very simple. Try checking your posture in the mirror each morning and make any necessary adjustments. Any exercises that work your core strength and flexibility can also help significantly.
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