Do you ever think about your posture? I’ve been thinking about posture even more than normal over the past few months. I’ve found that many of my clients are experiencing the painful effects of poor posture. They often don’t realize that poor posture is the cause, and they don’t know what to do about it.
If you are spending your whole day hunched over your laptop, you may stand up at the end of the day and feel pain or tension in your back, shoulders, and neck. That’s an obvious effect of the position you’ve spent the day in.
But the effects of posture go way beyond tension and pain in your back and neck. Good posture can have many positive benefits.
- Facilitates breathing: A good posture naturally enables you to breathe properly. It gives space to your lungs allowing them to expand and contract fully. This is why yoga, pilates and meditation exercises pay so much attention on getting your posture and sitting positions right.
- Improves digestion: Like your lungs, your digestive system needs space to function properly. Good posture naturally provides that space and can improve digestive function.
- Increases concentration and thinking ability: When you are breathing properly, you increase your thinking ability too. The brain requires at least 20% oxygen to operate properly. More air means more oxygen and more oxygen means more brain food. More brain food leads to more thoughts and ideas, which makes you better at almost everything you’re trying to do.
- Improves your image: People with good posture look smarter and more attractive. Someone with a good posture naturally exudes an aura of confidence and appeal. They look vibrant and alive and they also look more slender.
- Avoid health complications: A bad posture results in several complications over time, such as increased risks of slipped disc, back aches, back pain, pressure inside your chest, and poor blood circulation. These complications happen over a lifetime of poor posture, and can be avoided with good posture.
How Can You Improve Your Posture?
The first step to improving your posture is noticing it throughout the day. Pay attention to how you stand, how you sit at work, how you relax, and how you sleep. What is your usual body position in these different situations?
After you know what your posture is like, stay tuned. I’m putting together a program with homework for each day to help you improve your posture. I’ll provide a lot more information and specifics on the small changes that you can make to improve your posture now and put the odds in your favor to have a healthy body in the future.