Posture refers to how your body is positioned when sitting or standing, as well as its alignment when you are lying down. Often, we are only aware of our posture when we're engaged in an activity like yoga that requires attention to specific positioning. But healthy posture throughout the day is critical to limiting stress on ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Poor posture can lead to chronic pain and may increase your chance of injury. Good posture places the body in correct alignment so stress is properly distributed across muscles and ligaments. When this alignment is as it should be, the muscles work more efficiently and as intended, reducing wear and tear on the joints. Healthy posture decreases the risk of osteoarthritis and various stress-related injuries, and improves balance and bodily stability.
Benefits of Good Posture
How to Achieve Good Posture
You can achieve better posture with some simple, targeted exercises. The goal is to increase core strength and flexibility. Utilizing balance-specific exercises that address posture will facilitate improvements you will begin to feel in just a few weeks.
Habits that Contribute to Poor Posture
Now that you know why it’s important to build and maintain good posture, let’s look at some habits that may be sabotaging your efforts:
A Good Posture Visualization Exercise and Final Thoughts
One visualization that can help you maintain good posture is to imagine a string starting in your heels, going all the way up through your legs and spine, and then up and out through the top of your head. If someone were to pull the string from the top of your head, that gives you a sense of how you should stand and align your body. When you are in a sitting position, imagine the string starting at your tailbone, and being pulled from there up through the top of your head. Sit upright, breathe, and open your chest. Being mindful of your posture is not difficult, but it may take a little practice. Set a reminder or app on your phone that helps you remember to monitor your alignment throughout the day. Stay active and fit, and be sure that your exercise program is alignment-friendly, developing balanced strength and flexibility throughout the body.