Our perfect posture is quite unique to the body we work in and it isn't just about the way we stand or sit. Posture as a whole should be taken into consideration through all forms of movement to ensure we are giving our body the best opportunity to move well. Our bodies require good posture in order to carry and balance our heavy heads, allow us to breathe efficiently, promote good structure of the spine and to avoid injury.
Poor posture can cause pressure in the discs in your spine and lead to pain and discomfort. The key factors that have been found to influence good posture are the following:
If we are constantly mindful of where we can find balance in our body and feel comfortable adjusting to a tall but relaxed position then this practice makes perfect.
There is a psychological influence on posture. Often when a person is lacking confidence they will tend to hunch over. When we are confident and self assured we tend to stand up taller and balance better.
3. Strength & Flexibility
Much of our day to day tasks require forward motion which place pressure and stretch on the muscles in our back. If we neglect to strengthen these muscles they lengthen and become useless in pulling us upright. Vice versa when it comes to the muscles in our chest. Constant overuse leads to tightness which pulls our shoulders forward creating a rounded shoulder affect. These muscles need to be specifically stretched to relive tightness and pull.
Consider these 3 factors when attempting to improve your own posture.
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