Everyone can remember their mother correcting them with “Stand up straight!” and “Don’t slouch!” And honestly, mom was right all along- there are medical reasons why good posture is so fundamental to good health.
Health Fitness Revolution did some research and here’s what we found:
- Avoid Health Complications: Over time, slouching increases your chances of having a spinal disc slip, back pain, back aches, decreased blood circulation, and chest pressure. Improper posture takes a toll on muscles and joints in nearly all areas of the body. It can cause pain and limited range of motion in your neck, shoulders, back and hips, and lead to or exacerbate problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome in your wrists.
- Facilitates your Breathing: There’s a reason pilates, yoga, and meditation exercises pay so much attention to posture- because it helps you breathe. Close your eyes, slouch, and breathe. Now consciously pull your shoulders back and breathe, there should be a noticeable difference in the amount of air your lungs take in. Having good posture opens your airways and facilitates your respiratory organs in their task- which is good for your health.
- Increases thinking power and concentration: Our brains require 20% oxygen to function properly. Therefore, by increasing your posture, you facilitate your breathing and take more oxygen in. Since oxygen is food for the brain, and you are providing more oxygen to it, you have more power for thoughts and ideas.
- Feel Better About Yourself: If you consciously adjust your posture now, we guarantee you will notice a difference in how you feel. When you have good posture, you naturally have more self-confidence, which boosts feelings of self-worth, contentment, and happiness.
- Improve your Image: When you feel confident and happy, you portray an attractive image of yourself to others and make a good impression. People with good posture are viewed as more confident, assertive, and intelligent.
So stand up, look forward, pull your shoulders back and be healthy as you take on your day!