Good, Natural Posture
The answer is different for everyone, and you’ll have to explore movement, develop new awareness, and change habits to reach yours. At first it may feel uncomfortable, but finding your natural posture should be just that— natural. If it isn’t, it won’t work for you.
Your body needs to move to keep your joints and tissues agile and lubricated. Walking with good posture helps preserve your range of motion so you won’t end up shuffling along, hunched over a walker. Looking up and walking with purpose also greatly enhances your alertness and confidence
Standing is an active job. It takes stamina and balance to maintain natural posture. It’s important to achieve that stamina and balance, because poor standing can cause all sorts of problems. It puts extra wear and tear on your joints and discs, especially your knees and spine, and prevents your muscles from firing the way they’re supposed to, making you weaker and more prone to injury.
Many experts agree that the longer you sit, the more likely you are to develop diabetes, heart disease, and other ailments, and potentially die prematurely—even with regular exercise. This means you need to kick the habit of sitting and begin to move. And when you do sit, use these postural tips.
Working at a Desk
Working at a desk for long hours takes a toll on your body. Without proper posture and ergonomics, you’re likely to suffer from headaches, neck and back pain, tight hip flexors and hamstrings, and general stiffness. Make sure you’re working with good posture, and you’ll have a more productive day.
If you’re like most Americans, you spend a lot of time in your car. Unfortunately, it’s easy to have bad posture while driving. Using only one hand on the wheel creates unbalanced shoulders and ribs, slouching dumps pressure into your back and legs, and craning your head forward to see the road causes tension in your neck. On your next drive, take these pointers with you.
You sleep without much conscious control of your body, which means you can end up twisting your spine, tucking your pelvis, and otherwise throwing off your posture without even realizing it. Sleeping on your stomach is especially bad for you because it pulls your neck out of alignment. Train your body to sleep in a healthier position with these
Curling up with a book is good for your mind, but it can be hard on your body. Whether you’re reading a paperback or on a tablet device, it can be difficult to concentrate on the words in front of you if you’re in discomfort or pain. These guidelines will make reading easier on your neck, shoulders,
Do you end your day with sore shoulders because of all the stuff you’re always lugging around? Heavy bags and purses can strain your neck and shoulders and pull your spine out of alignment. Set your bags down whenever you can, and give your shoulders a break by using a roller bag or backpack. When that’s not possible, keep these tips in mind.
Between the extra weight and the pressure on your abdominal cavity, pregnancy is a big challenge to postural alignment. It’s easy to unconsciously compensate by hyperextending your knees and lower back. On top of that, your diaphragm has less room to expand, which inhibits breathing and relaxation. Keep the following tips in mind for be