Many of us sit or stand for long periods of time, and this can lead to serious issues with our health and happiness. Proper posture, on the other hand, can help reduce or avoid back pain along with providing many other benefits. With work and school routines resuming we thought
this was a good time to bring attention to the issues associated
with poor posture and some things we can do to improve it.
Poor posture can take a toll on your body. It can lead to cascading structural problems in your body and result in back and joint pain, limited flexibility, and compromised muscle strength. Over time you can develop a forward, rounded posture.
Here are some common posture mistakes:
- Hunching over your keyboard.
- Constantly looking down at your phone.
- Cradling the phone between your ear and shoulder.
- Sitting or standing at a desk for too long.
There are many factors in your daily life that can erode proper posture. If you go for a long time without changing the position of your body, you can stress your body's tissue, throw it out of alignment and have a serious impact on your health and wellbeing.
What Happens When We Develop Proper Posture?
You might say it's obvious, but sitting and standing up straight literally makes you feel better. With proper posture, you not only feel better physically but also mentally and emotionally.
Amy Cuddy is an Associate Professor at Harvard University, and in her famous Ted Talks presentation she shared her incredible insights about proper posture and how it actually changes our hormone levels.