Your body is designed to sit, stand, and even lie down in specific positions. With good posture, all of your joints, bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments work in concert, reducing stress on specific areas by distributing the force exerted by gravity evenly across your frame. Good posture is critical for athletic performance, spinal health, proper balance, and myriad other physiological reasons.
As humans intrinsically recognise good and bad posture, the person standing tall or sitting upright will command more attention and respect than the slouch standing or sitting nearby, all other character traits aside.
Your primary reason for wanting to learn how to improve posture should be your own well being. With better posture, you will feel better in terms of physical aches and pains, you will likely have more energy, you will reduce the likelihood of chronic physical issues later in life, and you'll feel more confidence and self-worth. As a secondary benefit, people really will look up to you the more you stand up tall and sit up straight.
OK, so now you know basically how you should position your body when standing and seated. But how can you remember to maintain good posture after years of living life slightly slumped?
For good standing posture, position your heels against a wall, then stand up straight and let your shoulders and the back of your head gently make contact with it. There, that's standing up straight.
For a seated posture baseline, put your butt against the back of the chair, touch your shoulders to the chair's back, level your chin with the ground, get those legs bent to 90 degrees, feet flat, and then make sure you can slide a rolled magazine or small towel behind your back. Good.
Come up with a simple phrase you think to yourself every time you stand up or sit down. Something like: "Standing up, straighten up" or "Sitting down, feet on the ground."
If remembering to have good posture isn't working, don't worry, there are gadgets and gizmos that can help you.
When properly adjusted, a posture corrector is perfectly comfortable as long as you are exhibiting good posture, and will gently tug against you when you start to slouch.
Corrector braces fit around your shoulders and across the back, exerting a bit of force that will hold you in the right position and over time retrain your body.
Whether used at your desk, in the car, or anywhere you'll be seated for a while, a lumbar pillow offers more comfort and support for your lower back as well as enhanced posture, by helping maintain a slight curve to your spine and an upright position.
It's the 21st century, why not let technology help your posture problems? The Upright GO Posture Trainer and Corrector consists of a small device that you place right between your shoulders with an adhesive patch. When it detects you slouching, it vibrates, reminding you to sit or stand up straight.
By pairing with an app, the Upright GO lets you track your progress over time. And apparently, 80% of people who use it reported significant and lasting posture improvement starting within just two weeks.
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