• James Kirwan

Good Posture - Why it's Important!

Bad posture is a widespread cultural obstacle we face in our efforts to live a life of wellness. Good posture is defined as the alignment of body parts in relation to one another at any given moment, involving a harmonious interaction between bones, muscles, connective tissue, joints and neurons. It contributes to overall wellness and is also a form of communication that reveals your degree of confidence and self esteem.

The following posture facts will help you cultivate a deeper awareness of your body whilst avoiding unnecessary health issues in the future.

Longer spine, longer life!

Our sitting habits have significant effects on our overall health. In fact, the way we sit is just as important as eating right, exercising and getting a good night’s sleep. A healthy spine provides you with the appropriate vehicle to reach your goals whilst doing things with more energy and less fatigue.

Use your sitting bones (they are there for a reason!)

Did you know that you have two small bones under your buttocks that are perfectly designed to support your back? The main reason we slouch is because we have forgotten about them! As a result, our pelvis and lower back have gradually sunk into our chairs. The good news is that you don’t have to go too far to change this habit: just take a look at how babies sit. They’re the best teachers of how to give weight down to the sitting bones while keeping the back straight and light. It’s time to re-discover and reclaim our anatomy!

Overall effects of bad posture

Because the long-term effects of poor posture can affect bodily systems such as digestion, elimination, breathing, muscles, joints and ligaments, a person who has poor posture may often be tired or unable to work efficiently or move properly.

If the mechanics of your spine are not aligned properly it can affect your rib cage, which can damage your heart and lungs and may lead to gastrointestinal issues. Besides contributing to the normal functioning of the nervous system, good posture keeps your vital organs in the right position so they can function at peak efficiency. Without good posture, your overall health and total efficiency may be compromised.

Limited mobility and poor balance

Bad posture can significantly reduce your movement range, both in your lower and upper body. Plus, it has been proven that compressed vertebrae can lead to chronic back pain if not treated in time.

Suffering with headaches?

When you slouch your head and shoulders move forward. Slouching also forces your jaw which creates unnecessary tension on your temples, forehead and eyebrows.

Nerve interference, ageing and lethargy

Since the spine is the main pathway for our nervous system, bad posture causes nerve interference and as a result, people with bad posture tend to respond slower to their environment, which radiates a feeling of lethargy and apathy.

Bad posture will always make you look older!

There are many exercises that you can do to counter the effects of slouching, for example Pilates, yoga and weight workouts that focus on the neck, shoulders, and back. Tightening and strengthening your core — the muscles closest to the spine – can also help improve your posture, making it easier for you to sit and stand up straight.

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