Most of the health problems we face in life stem from habits we form earlier in life. You may or may not agree with this statement but the fact stands. Certain bad habits we carry out over the years can result in a poor posture that translates into serious health problems in the future.
It is a well-known fact that poor posture can be the cause of many health problems, including but not limited to, back pain and several spinal problems. Even so, very few of us really know the health benefits of good posture.
Here are 7 benefits of maintaining good posture:
1. Improved Breathing
A study revealed that bad posture can affect your breathing and lung capacity. The reason why is because of your frontal muscles and tendons. When you regularly slouch, these muscles become shortened, which decreases your body’s ability to take deep breaths. In fact, slumping in your seat or standing with rounded shoulders greatly decreases your ability to take in oxygen. By practicing good posture, you can improve your breathing ability by as much as 30%.
2. Better Concentration
In terms of cognition, when your body is poorly aligned, it can cause inflammation in your joints, neck, and head, leading to headaches and other symptoms that can be distracting and painful. The poor oxygenation as a result of bad posture can also damage your ability to think or concentrate.
3. Improves Circulation And Digestion
When it comes to the digestive system, proper posture allows the internal organs in the abdomen to assume their natural position without undue compression, which can interfere with the normal flow and function of the gastrointestinal apparatus. An improper, slouched posture has been postulated as a contributing factor to several digestive problems from acid reflux to constipation and even hernias.
4. Reduced Risks of Back Pain
Back pain is a classic symptom of poor posture and worsens with age. Maintaining good posture is critical to reducing and even eliminating neck and back pain.
Wrong posture such as slouching puts a lot of strain on our muscles and stress on the spine. With time, this changes the anatomical as well as physiological characteristics of the back structures such as blood vessels, nerves, joints, and discs, leading to back pain. Good posture eliminates such strain and stress thereby protecting us from back pain.
5. Self-Image Boost
Good posture makes us look good. You can find this out for yourself by conducting a little self-experiment. Take a picture of yourself slouching, and then take a picture of yourself with good posture. Compare them and you won’t deny that good posture gives you a much better self-image. Sitting up straight can make you look both taller and slimmer.
6. Improved Muscle Health
Another way that proper posture provides pain relief is through strengthening your muscles. Improper posture places strain on already sensitized muscles and soft tissues. By sitting and standing correctly, you’ll strengthen your core, buttock muscles, and back extensions while relieving unnecessary tension. The reality is that good posture distributes the force of gravity evenly throughout your muscles, so no one structure is over-stressed.
7. Reduces Stress
Stress is a major cause of many health problems. Poor posture is a major cause of stress. Research has found that poor posture causes and perpetuates stress.
Assuming an upright sitting position when stressed can reduce our negative thoughts, improve and maintain our self-esteem and improve positive thoughts. Better breathing and blood flow afforded by correct posture also reduces stress and elevate positive mood.
Sitting and standing with proper postural alignment will allow one to work more efficiently with less fatigue and strain on your body's ligaments and muscles. Being aware of good posture is the first step to breaking old poor postural habits and reducing stress and strain on your spine. In this post, I shared with you the 7 benefits of maintaining good posture.
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