The Importance Of Great Posture
We all know great posture is important to our health, but every now and then it is great to have a reminder. Has reading the heading of this article made you sit up, think about the position of your laptop, rub your shoulders where they ache?
With more and more people sitting at desks and in offices for work, and often on the phone, the occurrence of back problems, recurring pain and bad posture is becoming more and more frequent.
While ergonomic chairs, monitor risers and health and safety experts are commonplace, helping employees sit correctly, such time sitting at a desk in one position is not natural and can, therefore, lead to future back problems.
Good posture is important. By sitting correctly and understand how the body should be erect, it will not only reduce the likelihood of problems in later life, but it also offers other benefits. A good posture will help improve how we feel while sitting at work but also contributes to keeping the back muscles and spine in the right alignment so that the likelihood of reduced pain or backaches.
Firstly, it's important to define what good posture is. When sitting at your desk, it is important to fully support your lower back so that there is no strain on the muscles. Your feet should also be flat on the floor, and your eyes level with the top of your monitor. Ideally, your forearms should be perpendicular to your body. All of this may be difficult to achieve without the use of ergonomic accessories such as screen risers, foot rests or back supports.
It's also worth noting that you should still regularly get up, walk around and stretch, rather than remain sitting for extended periods of time.
So what is the importance of a good posture, apart from reducing aches and pains? One benefit is that it helps improve breathing and airflow through the body. By straightening your body, the airways are less restricted, and the lungs can work to full capacity. So a good posture will help you take in more air and feel better as a result.
Another advantage of a healthy posture is purely aesthetic, but it can also help you feel good within yourself. Many of us, while sat at a desk or when standing, slouch without actually realising it. However, good posture helps us to look taller, leaner and much better; this not only makes us feel better but presents a better image to others too.
Keeping good posture is something that all of us should strive to achieve and does not take on enough importance in many working environments. However, with a few simple steps, it is easy to improve posture and overall health.
In "The Posture Workbook" - author Carolyn Nicholls examines subtle position tools and offer you ways you can use them in your own life. Over the years she has been teaching proper use of the body and has evolved a series of exercises to improve awareness.
Carolyn says "Often the first step to improving posture is understanding that you might be holding tension in habit patterns embedded in you that they feel healthy and you might not even believe you have them." So Carolyn has offered an exercise workbook for you to improve your movements and posture.
Guess what I am doing right now while writing this? Yes, stretching my back and sitting up straight? Do you have any secrets you would like to share for great posture? We would love for you to leave a comment.
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