Posture Perfect – The Benefits of Good Posture
Where do you spend the majority of your time throughout the day? Do you sit in the same chair for eight hours straight? Are you on your feet most of the time? Consider this: whether you sit at a computer for hours upon hours, or stand on your feet all day long, how you maintain your posture has a substantial effect on your health and well-being. Maintaining positive alignment has significant benefits – physically, mentally and emotionally.
The way you sit, stand, walk and rest can give you a tremendous psychological boost with a huge impact on your energy and your mood. How can good posture literally make your day? Good posture increases the air capacity in the lungs, which facilitates your breathing. How you breathe has an important effect on how you feel. When you’re breathing properly, you can actually improve your concentration and stimulate your creativity, because your brain requires 20% of oxygen to function properly. The more air you take in, the more oxygen you absorb, the more brain food you have, the easier it is for your brain to function – enriching your thought processes and fueling your creativity.
In what other way does good posture have a positive effect? Well, standing up tall has a significant impact on your attitude, increasing your confidence and boosting your self-esteem. In addition, good posture actually makes you look smarter and more attractive, making you feel even better about yourself, while at the same time putting your best foot forward for the rest of the world to admire.
Beyond the mental and emotional benefits, good posture keeps your bones and joints in alignment so your muscles are used properly. This way, you utilize your body more efficiently, decreasing the abnormal wear of joint surfaces and preventing muscle fatigue, which means you end up expending less energy as you move through your day. You will actually gain energy from maintaining good posture!
In addition to all of these amazing benefits—improved mood, reduced wear-and-tear on the joints, and increased energy—maintaining proper alignment also prevents backaches, a major source of pain for many adults.
Simply put, maintaining proper alignment has a direct effect on health and wellness throughout our entire lives.
What does good posture encompass? Good posture means maintaining the two natural curves of the spine. There’s a concave curve from the base of the head to the shoulders, and a second concave curve from the upper back to the base of the spine. These form the shape of two C’s along the back. To sustain this proper alignment, you can envision your body being held by a string from the top center of your head. You can even sense when the two curves along the upper and lower spine are correctly positioned, bringing your shoulders, hips and ankles all into alignment.