How Proper Posture Can Benefit You
Remember your mother constantly telling you to stand up straight, well it turns out she was right and proper posture is important. It’s not just about looking good, although that doesn’t hurt either. There are actual medical reasons why you should pay attention to how you are sitting and standing.
Catch Your Breath
It is much easier to breathe with good posture. Sitting or standing up straight helps to increase the capacity of your lungs and to feed your body the oxygen it needs. We go through the day paying very little attention to how we breathe, after all it’s an involuntary response. When your posture improves you can notice an appreciable difference in your ability to take a long deep breath.
More oxygen to the brain allows it to function better, oxygen is food for your brain. Focus and concentration require oxygen, so sitting up straight and taking long deep breaths will keep you focused on the tasks at hand. Who knew good posture could make you more attentive?!
The affects of good posture aren’t always physical, it affects your state of mind as well. Standing tall with your head held high can affect your attitude and fill you with confidence. Good posture makes you look better, and looking better always makes you feel better.
What is the first thing that someone says to you when you feel down? Hold your head up high and get on with the task at hand. There is a reason that expression is a cliché, there’s a lot of truth to it. When you feel and look good you start to believe in yourself. You will come across to others as someone who is confident and sure of themselves, and all you have to do is stop slouching. Most communication between people is nonverbal, body language is everything. So hold your head up high and be the confident person that you are.
While most people pay very little attention to posture it does impact your overall health. You regularly visit a chiropractor to have your body aligned, and you do this to improve your overall health. Proper posture facilitates chiropractic adjustments by keeping your bones aligned, allowing muscles to function properly and keeping your body working the way it is supposed to. When your body and muscles are working the way they should this reduces wear and tear on joints and prevents muscle fatigue. Not having muscle fatigue means you have more energy throughout the day. All of us could use some of that!
At your next chiropractic appoint speak with your doctor about posture and let him show you the proper ways to sit and stand. It may take some getting used to but your body will thank you for it later. In the meantime here is a video showing you what proper posture looks like.