Posture is the position in which you hold your body while standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture is all about training your body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during these activities.
Good posture is not only about standing up straight so you can look your best. It is an important part of your long-term health. Making sure that you hold your body the right way, whether you are moving or still, can prevent pain, injuries, and other health conditions.
The key to good posture is the position of your spine. Your spine has three natural curves, at your neck, mid back, and low back. Correct posture should maintain these curves, but not increase them. Your head should be above your shoulders, and the top of your shoulder should be over the hips.
Poor posture has many side effects that can make your life miserable, the following are a few:
Poor lung performance
The following are some general ways to help improve your posture
Be mindful of your posture during everyday activities like watching television, reading or walking
Stay active. Any kind of exercise may help improve your posture.
Maintain a healthy weight. Extra weight can weaken your abdominal muscles, causing problems for your pelvis and spine.
Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes. High heels, for example, can throw off your balance and force you to walk differently. This puts more stress on your muscles and harms your posture.
Make sure work surfaces are at a comfortable height for you, whether you're sitting in front of a computer, or eating a meal.
Switch sitting positions
Take brief walks after sitting for long
Gently stretch your muscles
Don't cross your legs
Make sure that your feet touch the floor
Relax your shoulders
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