Sitting in a chair for long periods of time can have a detrimental effect on the body. You may feel fatigued, have aches and pains, or even suffer injury from a lack of attention to the proper alignment of your spine and joints. Fortunately, some simple exercises that focus on core strength and balance can create good posture and improve your overall health.
Benefits of Good Posture
When your posture is correct, it allows you to breathe more deeply and sit and stand longer with less fatigue. It also helps prevent injury from putting too much pressure on a particular muscle group or joint. In addition to the physical benefits, good posture is shown to improve your appearance of confidence, youth, and vitality. Your posture can affect the impression of competence in your job.
What Is Good Posture?
When standing, your chin should be parallel to the floor, with your shoulders relaxed and even. Your spine should be naturally curved, not overextended from leaning back or stretched from leaning forward. Your arms should hang naturally at your sides. Your abdominal muscles should hold your back and spine in place. Your hips should be even with your knees straight out from your pelvis and your body weight evenly distributed on both feet. Sitting posture is similar, with knees and feet pointing straight ahead.
Which Exercises Enhance Posture?
Good posture is about the proper alignment of your spine and joints. Exercises and stretching routines that maintain mobility, flexibility, and strength of major muscle groups and your core will help you maintain your efforts at good posture. Talk to your doctor about designing a workout routine that strengthens the core muscles- the abdominal and back muscles that support the lumbar region and hips. Don’t neglect your stretching routine. Good posture is more than just sitting up straight. It’s a deliberate choice that can affect your long-term health and even how you’re viewed in your job.