Good posture delivers increased energy, better breathing, improved circulation, and less wear and tear on your joints. It’s an investment in your health. It also makes you look more Vibrant!
The secret to good posture is maintaining and supporting the spine’s natural curves. If your spine is not properly aligned, your muscles and ligaments have to work harder to keep you upright and this can result in strain and pain; probably the most common cause of spinal problems.
When you slump and slouch, you also put pressure on your lungs and stomach. This can affect breathing, digestion, blood flow, among other things.
Top Tips for Standing Tall
- While using a bag or briefcase with a single shoulder strap, choose a strap that is long enough to place over your head and rest on the opposite side from the bag. This helps distribute the weight of the bag evenly and prevents distorting your posture.
- High heels make good posture difficult and often lead to low back, hip, knee, ankle, and foot pain. A low-heeled, supportive shoe is best, but if you are devoted to your fancy footwear, try to restrict the height to two inches.
- Don’t sit in any one position for more than half an hour. Take a little stretch break or change positions in your chair every 30 minutes. Set an alarm! For a quick and easy spinal stretch, stand up and raise your arms above your head, and bend slowly from side to side, within your comfort level.
- Strengthening your core back, leg and abdominal muscles will help promote good posture by keeping your spine well supported. Your abdominal muscles act like a corset to help protect your spine during day to day movements.
Chiropractors and Registered Massage Therapists are specialists in postural assessment. If you are concerned about your posture, consider an evaluation sooner rather than later.