The Importance of Good Posture

The first question is what is posture?

Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement or weight-bearing activities.  

Without good posture it is harder to perform at your best and be physically fit. This is something that many people don’t think about when first starting an exercise regime, yet is super important to achieve great results. Correct posture can decrease abnormal wearing down of joints and having good posture is it may help to prevent general aches and pains in your muscles. Having poor posture could eventually result injury or debilitating conditions such as arthritis.

So how do you get good posture?

Look at yourself in a mirror frontwards and sideways stand with your feet hip width apart with your toes pointing forwards. Your knees should also be straight but not locked. You should be able to when you are standing, your ears, shoulders, hips and ankles should be in one vertical line.  It can also help to raise your chin up a little and push out your chest and keep shoulders back in a relaxed position. If you find that your posture does look like this then a few simple changes you can make in your everyday life to improve your posture. Go to the NHS webpage where you can find tips on what is potential  wrong with your posture and how to fix.

 

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