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The Importance of Good Posture

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!

Top 10 Tips To Improve Posture

Your mom was right when she kept telling you to straighten your back! Posture is fundamentally important to health, and just as important as eating well, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly. Here at HFR, we believe good body language such as posture can improve physical and mental performance. Good posture can make you feel more discipline and in control of your own lifestyle by making healthy and fit choices. Here are the Top 10 tips to improve posture:

  • Do Yoga and Pilates – Poor posture can lead to spinal complications such as a permanent hunchback or loss of bone strength.  Yoga and Pilates can improve your posture with positions like the tree pose , downward facing dog, even a simple plank pose can do wonders.’
  • Shoulder and chest exercises – One tip to improve your posture is to practice round shoulder and chest exercises. Sitting too long in one position can cause tightness in the chest region which can lead to poor posture.  By practicing shoulder and chest exercises, it can loosen stiff muscles. A great and simple shoulder and chest exercise is to hold both arms out horizontally and swing them in a circular motion ten times for two rounds.
  • Uncross your legs – Crossing your legs can lead to spider veins.  A correlations has also been shown between back and neck pain and crossing one’s legs. As most people know when your neck or back hurts the natural reaction is to slouch away the pain and put one in bad posture habits.
  • Pull back your shoulder blades – Your shoulders are the building blocks of your posture. By pulling them back, it allows free movement for shoulders to aid in straightening your posture.
  • Get up and move every so often – One way to improve your posture is to be active, it’s also a good idea to avoid bending forward too much or lifting heavy objects. This kind of stress on the back can stunt one’s posture. Great posture helps you prevent fatigue, as well as future back pain.
  • Be aware of your posture – Notice whenever you are slouching or sitting for a long period of time, it’s easy to forget to sit up. One must be aware of how they are sitting or standing. Take action and straighten your posture right away.
  • Do not slump when sitting or standing  – Try not to slump over when having a conversation with someone, we tend to lean over when we are talking. This aligns the body poorly can lead to headaches, as well as shoulder, jaw and back pain, along with gastrointestinal and heart issues. This not only bad for one’s back but it also makes you look less professional.
  • Keep your phone in your hand when calling someone – When you talk on phone, do not tilt your head or use your shoulder to elevate the device. This can mess up your shoulder blade and posture.
  • Try not be over stressed – Stress can contribute to poor posture.  Stress sends a negative receptor to the body, Cortisol actually weakens bones and over works muscle tissue which can make keeping good posture even more difficult. Try to minimize the amount of stress in your  daily life and your posture will thank you.
  • Swim – Swimming is an all around great way to help you strengthen your muscles because it’s such an intense activity. Swimming works all the glutes including the back region/core. By swimming, you are creating/stretching the core which is a great way to either correct your posture or keep your good posture