Posture means the position in which someone holds their body when standing or sitting.
There are two types of posture
- Dynamic posture is how you hold yourself when you are moving, walking, running, etc
- Static posture is how you hold yourself when you are not moving.
Dr. Shimaa Essa defines a good poster is the attitude assumed by the body parts to maintain stability and balance to maintain minimum effort and least strain during supportive and non-supportive position
BENEFITS OF GOOD POSTURE :
- Keeps your joints and bones in proper alignment
- Prevents strain and fatigue
- Improves mental health
- Improves circulation
- Decreases abnormal weight on your joints
DISADVANTAGES OF BAD POSTURE :
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Curvature of spine
- Back pain
- Negative mood
- Stiffness in back
Now let us get into the tips that are beneficial to improve your posture:
(NOTE: I would appreciate if you check all the links after you have finished reading my blog entirely)
1. WEARING THE RIGHT FOOTWEAR
Well it is not a surprise that as much as those pretty heels can make you look like one of those VS models, it is scientifically proved to be equally or more harmful for your back.
When you wear heels, your entire body’s weight is placed on the ball of your foot and your heel is used only for balance.
Not wearing the right footwear can lead to bad posture which can further lead to chronic health problems.
Let just save those pretty heels for your best night. Until then wear the right footwear to college or work that makes you feel comfortable.
Use cushion slippers on a regular basis to avoid soreness in your feet.
If would like to purchase footwear cushions recommended by me, I have given some products below. Please have a look.
- Liberty Womens CUSHION-20 Casual Slippers
- Sparx Men’s Flip-Flops and House Slippers
- Unisex Self-Adhesive Heel Cushion Inserts
- Lify Shoes Pad Air Cushion for men and women
2. PRACTICE GOOD POSTURE WHILE STANDING
Follow these easy steps to practice a good posture while standing
- Keep your shoulders back
- Stand straight
- Stretch little if you feel stiffness anywhere in the body
- Use wall to correct your posture
- Use posture corrector
3. PRACTICE A GOOD POSTURE WHILE SITTING
Practising good posture while you are sitting becomes very important if you have a sedentary lifestyle.
- Sit straight
- You can use a Lumbar Cushion
- Don’t slouch
- Stretch if you feel your body has become too stiff
- Don’t sit in one position for too long
4. PRACTICE A GOOD POSTURE WHILE LYING DOWN
While sleeping we prefer sleeping in a comfortable position. Sleeping in a wrong position can lead to back pain, neck pain, etc.
Many times I have heard people saying that the pain/stiffness/soreness they are experiencing is because they slept wrong. Sometimes sleeping on a couch or uncomfortable pillow can cause discomfort to your body.
Coastal Orthopaedics made an amazing blog Practice a correct sleeping position. These are some easy steps you can add to your sleeping routine that can help you to maintain a good posture. Check this out after you have finished reading my blog.
5. KEEP A REMINDER
Now I know this may sound crazy but I figured out that keeping a track of this might be a very onerous job. Neverthless I believe that this technique will aid you to better your posture.
- Go on your reminder app
- Set a reminder for few weeks until you’ve developed a habit to stay without it.
It is so much easier this way.
6. MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT
Watch what you eat. Keep a track of your diet.
Scientifically speaking, having unhealthy posture can affect your physical as well as your mental health.
Keep working on your body everyday to keep it healthy. Not for pictures, not to impress others but for the goodness of your own sake.
7. DO NOT SLOUCH!
As much as it sounds comfy, DO NOT SLOUCH!
It seems difficult to keep this in mind because most of us have developed this habit to slouch during lectures, meetings, etc
Usually this happens when you are bored. I have noticed that somehow slouching is associated with losing interest and feeling dull.
Many of us has experienced this during our lectures or meetings. The more you sit straight, the more attention you can pay and the moment you slouch in split seconds you loose interest from that particular topic.
“Confident people do not slouch” – well I am not so sure about it, but if this works then I am cool with it.
8. SAY NO TO “TEXT NECK”
We live in a world of technology. I understand the importance of technology these days and there are people doing full time job on their mobile phone/laptop/tablets/computers.
While working on laptop or mobile, the head and neck are in flexion position which can lead to neck and shoulder pain (pain is experienced in occipital and cervical region).
Signs and symptoms of Text neck
- Neck Pain
- Occipital headache
- Reduced mobility
I experienced a similar kind of pain few days back because of the excessive work that needed to be done on laptop.
I tried this NECK PAIN STRETCHES & EXERCISE BY AskDoctorJo and I am not kidding it was such a huge relief.
Thanks Dr. Jho ♡
Exercise is a great way to improve your posture. Lucky for me Healthline has already made a great blog explaining everything about the importance of exercise to improve your posture.
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Take care and Keep It Healthy !