Stand Tall! Good Posture for Health
Good posture is important for a variety of reasons. Firstly, it helps reduce strain on the muscles and joints, which can cause pain and discomfort. Secondly, and perhaps more significantly, good posture promotes ease of breathing which is essential to your overall health. Thirdly, good posture increases your confidence and enhances your appearance.
On the other hand, poor posture can lead to various physical problems, including neck and back pain, headaches, muscle strain, and difficulty taking deep and full breaths.
There are, however, several simple steps you can take to improve your posture:
1. Stand tall: Stand in front of a full-length mirror with your feet hip-width distance apart. Gently but actively, draw your shoulder blades back and down the back. With your arms at your sides, turn the palms forward and open the heart to the sun. Pull your navel in and up towards your spine. Now, imagine that there is a string on the top of your head pulling the top of your head up towards to sky. Now feel your feet and imagine roots extending down into to ground. Feel the length throughout your whole body. Take 10 slow, deep breaths and just observe how it feels to be in good alignment. This is essentially the Mountain Pose in yoga.
2. Tall spine: Strive to keep a tall spine while you are sitting and let the knees splay apart to keep openness in the hips while seated. Make sure that your chair supports your lower back well and keeps the feet flat on the floor. If you work from home, hang a mirror near you so you can see your posture throughout the day, and make changes when you catch yourself slouching or hunching over your desk.
3. Strengthen your core muscles: Strong abdominal and back muscles help to support good posture. Try incorporating planks and bridges into your exercise routine.
In conclusion, good posture is essential for wellness. By standing tall, using good posture while sitting, and strengthening your core muscles, you will reduce and sometimes eliminate tension in the body due to poor posture. Make a conscious effort to practice mindfulness throughout your day by paying attention to your posture and correcting it when you have become out of alignment.