POSTURE. Time and time again we address this topic with our clients – we may have spoken to YOU about it.
We see the effects of desk jobs, long drives, and sedentary lifestyles; the three killers of proper posture. But why bother?
“Sure I COULD stand up strait, but when I slouch it’s more comfortable and it doesn’t cause me any pain. What would proper posture REALLY do for my health?”
- Improves Breathing: A good posture naturally enables you to breathe properly and take in more air.
- Increases concentration and relaxation: More air improves the function of muscles – including your BRAIN. The deep breaths allow for relaxation and concentration.
- Boost of confidence: Standing up strait will improve your mood by allowing you to feel proud, assertive, and in control. Try walking tall and proud, then slouch and look down – feel the difference in your mood.
- Physical Health: Bad posture results in several complications over time, such as increased risks of slipped disc, back aches, back pain, pressure inside your chest, poor blood circulation. You might not notice these effects until it’s too late and you’ve suffered an injury. Good posture is also about prevention!
- Work that core: Your core will be activated when you stand properly, it will use muscles from the front to the back when standing, sitting, and walking.
- Allow organs to function: Poor posture can put unnecessary pressure on internal organs. For example, slouching could cramp your digestive tract and limit proper digestion and movement.
- The longer you slouch, the longer you sit: Sitting in a slouched position can keep you there by making you feel ‘stuck’. Sitting properly will give you the energy to take more frequent breaks and make you more likely to stand after a long period.
- Standing tall makes you look thin: Not only does slouching push your stomach out making you look heavier but your body burns 20% more calories when your core is tall and engaged.
- Posture affects circulation: Proper posture will allow for bodily fluids to flow more easily.
- Give your back a break: Your lower back bears a lot of weight, give your lumbar a break by evenly dispersing the pressure.
Practicing proper posture is about taking your health into your own hands. It prevents injury, it improves physical health, it allows your body to function efficiently, and it can improve mental/emotional health as well.
We are always here at The Live Well Centre to help you on your path to optimal health. Contact our office for a personal one-on-one posture assessment today 613-549-0866.