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How good is your posture? Are you slumped over while you’re reading this? Did that question make you sit up a bit? You may just have poor posture.
Correct posture is a simple but crucial way to keep your back and spine healthy. Good posture and back support are critical to reducing back and neck pain. People who spend many hours sitting in an office chair or standing throughout the day, in particular, should focus on their posture.
Problems Caused by Bad Posture
Not maintaining good posture can add strain to muscles and put stress on the spine. Over time, bad posture can change the anatomical characteristics of the spine, leading to the possibility of constricted blood vessels and nerves. Also, it can cause problems with muscles, discs, and joints. All of these can be major contributors to headaches, fatigue, and even concerns with major organs and breathing. Below are some benefits sitting up straight:
- Keeps bones and joints in alignment
- Decreases wearing of joint surfaces that could result in arthritis
- Decreases the stress on the ligaments
- Prevents the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions
- Prevents fatigue as muscles are being used more efficiently
- Prevents strain or overuse problems
- Prevents a backache and muscular pain
- Contributes to healthy appearance
Identifying Good Posture
Having correct posture means keeping each part of the body lined up, balanced and supported. You should be able to draw a straight line from the earlobe, through the shoulder, hip, knee and into the middle of the ankle. Here are some tips to train your body to sit and stand in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles:
- Sit up with your back straight and your shoulders back
- All three normal back curves should be present while sitting
- Distribute your body weight evenly on both hips
- Bend knees at a right angle with knees even with or slightly higher than hips
- Keep feet flat on the floor
- Adjust chair height and work station so you can sit close to your work
- Rest your elbows and arms on your chair or desk and relax shoulders
The above advice should add to your overall health. The better your health is, the better your term life insurance premium will be. Now that’s something to stand tall about.