‘Sit up straighter’ – You might have heard your mom giving you this advice several times while sitting at the dinner table while you were a kid. Now you are no more a kid, but the lesson is still worth heeding. Most of us spend time all the day either sitting in front of a computer, slumping in front of TV, or hunching over the phone. Lack of activity and sedentary lifestyle has contributed to the rise of chronic or acute body pain. We notice bad postures only when our backs hurt, or we experience stiff shoulder and similar issues.
If you think that poor posture is a result of just bad habits, you are wrong. In many cases, physical reasons are involved for poor postures, like:
- Inflexible muscles that limit the range of motion, for instance, shortened hip muscles tend to tug your upper body forward, pushing you to a wrong posture. Similarly, tight chest muscles can drive your shoulders forward.
- Your core muscle strength affects balance in multiple ways. Weak core muscles encourage slumping which moves your body off balance. To keep yourself standing steadily, you should have strong leg muscles.
Here are the top reasons why your posture matters.
To Maintain The Health Of Your Tendons and Ligaments
Wrong postures distribute your body weight unevenly. It puts unnecessary pressure on your tendons and joints, whether you are slumping, slouching or hunching over. Neither your bones nor your joints have been designed to bear on extra pressure or weight. Over time, all this causes wear and tear in your joints and ligaments. As a result, you start experiencing chronic aches and pain which can ultimately lead to injury and pain.
Therefore, it is advisable to pay attention to your body postures. Initially, you might feel odd, but in due course of time, it will become natural.
To Avoid Breathing Problem
Lungs can’t function properly if you are constantly slouching on chair as it eats up their space. Bad postures can significantly reduce your lung capacity, sometimes up to 30 percent! It may lead to shortness of breath, sluggishness, foggy brain and similar issues all through the day. To avoid this, keep your shoulders away from your ears and make sure that your chest is opened up. Give your lungs plenty of space to breathe for you.