13 July 2015
Your posture says a lot about you. In fact, research reveals your posture is directly related to your personality. Posture can be shaped by your self-esteem, daily behaviours and muscle strength.
What kind of posture do you have?
Good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting you. Although it is important to have good posture, many of us don't do anything to improve it. In many cases this can be due to lack of self-awareness. We may not notice our backs starting to hunch from long hours on the computer or our hips becoming imbalanced from wearing unsupportive shoes.
Having good posture is more than your appearance. Overtime poor posture can lead to:
Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome/occupational overuse syndrome
How can we improve our posture?
Identifying good posture and comparing it to your current habits is the first step to fixing any imperfections you may have. The Power of Posture demonstrates what good posture looks like; it also displays poor posture habits that are commonly seen.
Practice healthy sitting
Use ergonomic principles to optimise your sitting posture. If you are sitting for long periods, remember to stand and stretch frequently.
Protect your spine when catching zzz’s
We spend about a third of our life sleeping so it is important we protect our spine. Cleveland Clinic has tips on sleeping posture, pillow placement and more.
Strengthen muscles that maintain posture
You can improve your posture by doing exercises that strengthen your abdominal and back muscles. A study published in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation prove that the use of a resistance bands can significant improve your back strength and posture.
Walk the walk
Walking may seem like common sense however there are different techniques you can use to improve your posture health. Watch the YouTube video: Walking Posture that Reverses the Harmful Effects of Sitting for some useful tips.