How to Keep a Good Posture

Getting to know more about posture

The position we hold onto our body upright against the gravity is called posture. We can assume this position by sitting, lying down, or standing. Good posture is when you align your body parts correctly and it is supported by an ample amount of the right muscles in opposition to gravity. It is nothing more than keeping your body in alignment. Without the appropriate muscle tension and proper posture, our body would fall simply on the ground. The truth is consciously, we don’t keep up our usual posture because there are reliable muscles that do it. Some muscle groups like the large muscles at the back of our body and the hamstrings keeps our posture well maintained. On the other hand, ligaments are equally important for us since it holds the skeleton all together. The ligaments also prevent the gravity force from pushing our body forward. With the aid of the postural muscles, our body posture is maintained as well as our balance during any form of movement is done.

good vs bad posture

Here are some tips on how to maintain proper posture:

We always hear how good posture can give benefits to our health. When we see a bad habit that could have been carried for quite some time, we acknowledge it as a form of poor posture. Such habits are apparently common among many adults. For only few people understand the need and the great importance of having a good posture. How to stand up properly?

  • Bear the body weight chiefly on your feet (the balls of the feet specifically)
  • Bend both of the knees slightly when trying to get something from the floor to prevent straining your waist
  • Your feet should be apart at shoulder- width to be able to keep your balance
  • Hang down your arms naturally on the side of your body
  • Keep your body tall and straight while your shoulders are pulled backward
  • Keep your stomach in
  • Your head should level the earlobes and it should be kept in line of your shoulders. Never move your head or push backward, forward and side to side
  • Keep your weight on your heels from the toes and vice versa if you are standing for a very long time

The correct posture:

  • It helps you to keep your joints and bones in a correct alignment so that the muscles will be used correctly thereby decreasing injury on joint surfaces that would result to joint pain and degenerative arthritis.
  • It reduces stress on ligaments that are holding together on spinal joints therefore minimizing any risk for injury.
  • It makes our muscles work effectively. It also allows our body to prevent fatigue when less energy is used
  • Muscle strain is prevented as well as overuse disorders. It also helps prevent any muscular pain or back pain. In order to efficiently maintain the proper posture, you must be able to have enough muscle strength and flexibility, joint motion should also be normal on the spine, on other regions of the body and also a well- balanced postural muscle on each sides of your spine. You also need to recognize the postural habits that are bad even when at home or at work to be able to correct them properly. Consequences of poor posture A poor posture will definitely lead to postural muscle strains eventually. What’s worse is that it can cause the muscles to relax if held in a certain position for a time period. Like for instance in people who always bend forward in the waist during at work. Their muscles are most likely risk for back pain and injury. There are a variety of factors which contribute to bad posture. Some of which is stress, pregnancy, obesity, high- heeled sandals or shoes, decreased flexibility, improper sitting position and improper standing as well, poor working environment, and a lot more.

good standing position

Having a good posture will help us sit, walk and lie down well without straining the muscles and ligaments of our body when moving and when lifting heavy objects from the floor.

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