Posture questions you should ask yourslef
All of us care about having a good posture for health/ personality/ beauty/ fitness.. etc.
Let us look at some frequently asked questions about posture and some great tips to help you maintain a great one!
HOW DOES POOR POSTURE AFFECT THE BODY?
As children, our backs show a graceful ‘S’ curve, and our movements are easy and effortless. However, as we get older our habits of slouching and inactivity can cause tension in our bodies, leading to poor posture. With most of us working from 9 to 5, prolonged sitting is very common. Sitting for long periods with a slumped back restricts blood flow and increases pressure. Not correcting your posture in time can also cause back pain, neck pain, tight hips, and rounded shoulders. A slouched posture (especially after a meal) is also known to increase acid reflux and slow down digestion.
HOW CAN I TELL IF I HAVE GOOD OR BAD POSTURE?
More often than not, if you have poor posture, you will know. The aches, pains and tightness are strong indicators that you need to look at your posture. However, there are two quick tests you can do to find out if your posture needs some work.
TEST 1: How do your hands rest when you stand up normally? Do your palms rest in a curved manner facing your thighs? Or are they parallel to your sides? If you find that your palms face your thighs, it might be a sign of poor posture caused by hunching over your laptop or phone for extended periods of time.
TEST 2: Stand against the wall and notice what parts of your body are touching the wall. If you have a proper posture, your head, shoulder blades, hips and feet should be touching the wall.
DOES GOOD POSTURE MEAN KEEPING MY BACK STRAIGHT ALL THE TIME?
No, it doesn’t. We’re only human, and it is impossible to have the perfect posture all day. Having said that, it is essential to know that sitting up straight (90-degree) is considered to be harmful to humans. The proper angle is between 120 to 135 degrees. This can be achieved by sitting back in your chair. A great trick to keep your posture in check is to set the alarm on your phone to sit straight every hour. Every time your alarm rings, fix your posture and try to maintain it for 5 minutes.
Remember that it is natural for your body to go back to its default position because it is what your body is familiar with. Therefore, all you can do is create a new (and correct!) default posture for your body.
IS IT TOO LATE TO SAVE MY POSTURE?
Absolutely not! Even if your poor posture has been troubling you for years, it is possible to make improvements. Your posture can improve with a combination of strengthening weaker muscles and stretching tighter muscles. You will have to work on this during your daily activities, like sitting up straight while using your phone and watching TV. Cutting down on the activities that led you to a bad posture in the first place also helps.