Correct posture practice increases your body awareness, internal body functioning, confidence, breathing, and alertness, just to name a few. It actually reduces stress, fatigue, and general aches and pains in overstressed joints and overused muscles caused by improper posture, like chronic neck, shoulder and back pain.
Perfect posture also helps prevent unnecessary injury from complex movements (like weight training) to simple movements (like picking up a sock off the floor) because, “good posture involves training the body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where there the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments.”
All this and it’ll make you appear ten pounds lighter! Why don’t you test your posture?
Here’s my recipe for good posture. Try it on for size:
- Stand up.
- Softly clench your tummy by pulling your belly button in towards your spine. Your butt muscles should also be mildly contracted (for the ladies, your kegel muscles will automatically tighten when you do this) so that your hips are slightly jutting forward.
- Bring your shoulders back and down (gently squeeze your shoulder blades together to do this).
- To naturally compensate for your back in #3, your chest should be up and out. Hint: take a deep breath to widen your lung capacity.
- Lengthen your neck so your chin is level (neither pointing up or down) and slightly tucked in. Imagine a string at the top of your head that’s attached to your spinal cord. Many people imagine pulling this string towards the ceiling to achieve perfect posture.
- Loosen your knees so that they are relaxed and delicately engage your thigh and calf muscles to maintain balance.
It feels awkward, doesn’t it? Well, that’s just you aren’t used to it. You can train your body to automatically have correct posture. Check out these 7 postural habits that you can use right now to increase your health.