‘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.
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To Keep Your Gut Healthy
Digestive problems can arise due to a range of factors, but poor posture contributes to belly issues, like acidity or heartburn. Poor posture compresses your digestive system and organs in the abdomen which makes it harder for your body to digest food.
If you are experiencing health problems due to poor posture, make some changes in your lifestyle. Stand in every 30 minutes for a while as sitting for a long time make your tissues to conform to the changes with your posture.
To Keep The Stress Offshore
Though, it is hard to believe; poor posture causes physical and mental stress. How? As poor posture disturbs the natural alignment of body, it puts unwanted stress on your body parts and induces pain, muscle stiffness and soreness. It gives rise to mental stress and may influence your overall mood and motivation. In severe cases, it may even transform to depression.
In a nutshell, wrong posture is harmful to your overall wellness. If you wish to stay healthy, don’t stay static in a terrible pose for a long time. Moreover, keep yourself moving all the day. If you are into a desk job, rise up your chair in every half-an-hour, take swift walks around your desk, go up and down stairs and look off your screen for some moment. Your posture affects your life much more than you might have imagined, so take it seriously.
About Author: Dr. Scott Gray
Dr. Scott Gray is an internationally recognized and expert physical therapist specializing in sport, athletic, and back and neck injuries. He is the inventor of a revolutionary form of treatment called the GRAY METHOD. This type of treatment unlike others, addresses the CAUSE rather than just your SYMPTOMS with a full body approach. For more information on how to ease or overcome your injury, go to www.backinmotionsspt.com.