Good posture is an important part of your long term health. When you practice good posture, whether moving or still, it can be a beneficial process resulting in fewer injuries, prevention of pain and may help other health problems. Did you know that every move you make is affected by your posture? Be sure to have good dynamic and static posture.
Dynamic Posture is how you hold your body when you are moving – for example, walking, running or bending.
A few ways to improve your dynamic posture in general is:
- Be mindful of your posture while sitting, sleeping, or doing any activities.
- Maintain a healthy weight – Excess weight can hurt your posture.
- Stay active – Any kind of exercise may help improve your posture. For example, yoga.
- Wear low-heeled, comfortable shoes to ensure proper balance.
- Make sure surfaces such as your computer desk or work space are at a comfortable height for you.
- Take brief walks throughout the day.
Static Posture is how you hold your body when you are still, like sitting, standing or sleeping.
Here are some ways to improve your Static Posture:
- Don’t cross your legs while sitting.
- Make sure your back is fully supported while in a chair.
- Ensure that your feet touch the floor.
- Switch sitting positions.
- Gently stretch to reduce muscle tension.
Keeping good posture helps the body decrease the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces, helping prevent arthritis and joint pain. Practicing proper posture reduces the stress on ligaments, minimizing the likelihood of injury. You must recognize your postural habits in order to properly correct them.
Good posture includes keeping your shoulders back and your chest forward while holding your head upright. This engages your core, helps you breathe better and gives your body the room it needs to digest properly. Having good posture can help increase your mood, energy, and productivity.