Good posture is a life-long habit worth developing. It is simple and do-able, something that's good for you and easy to do whether you're working at your desk, driving your car, shopping for groceries, or lying in your bed.
The benefits of good posture are numerous - for example, it can prevent injury, aid in breathing, save your energy, lessen your stress level, and improve digestion. Plus, it simply makes you feel and look better.
Why it's important
"Posture" is essentially the position of the body. "Good posture" means your bones are aligned in such a way that there is minimal stress or tension. This proper alignment allows your muscles, joints, and ligaments to work smoothly. Good posture also enables your vital organs to be positioned properly so that they can function at peak efficiency.
Without good posture, your overall health may be compromised. Long-term effects of poor posture can include poor digestion, labored breathing, and stressed muscles, joints, and ligaments. This can eventually lead to an inability to work efficiently or move properly.
What causes poor posture
- Accidents, injuries, falls
- Careless sitting, standing, sleeping habits
- Poorly designed work space
- Foot problems or improper shoes
- Inadequate mattress support
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle imbalance
- Excess weight
- Respiratory difficulties
- Visual difficulties
- Emotional difficulties (e.g., low self-esteem)
- Occupational stress
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