How many times have you heard that you need to sit up straight? However, the science behind it shows that good posture affects your body more than you think! Good posture means distributing the force of gravity through our body in balance so that no area is over-stressed.
Here are some reasons good posture is so important for your health:
Breathing becomes easier and deeper
When you’re sitting or standing straight, you create an unbroken pathway for air to reach your lungs, letting your breathing become clearer, deeper, and wider. As you slouch, your body relaxes too far and shortens your frontal muscles and tendons. An over relaxed posture restricts the ease and volume of your regular breathing.
Improves circulation and digestion
Proper posture allows the internal organs in the abdomen to assume their natural position without any compression. Bad posture can interfere with the normal flow and function of the gastrointestinal tract. Standing, sitting, and even sleeping in the wrong position can lead to digestive problems ranging from acid reflux to constipation and even to hernias!
Helps your muscles and joints
Good posture keeps your bones and joints in correct alignment so that your muscles are used correctly, decreasing pressure on joints and helping prevent joint pain and even arthritis! Reduce stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together with good posture to minimize the chance of injury. This also prevents muscle strain, overuse disorders, and even back and muscular pain.
Back support is important for people who spend many hours sitting in an office chair or standing throughout the day. Slouching over your desk can add strain to muscles and put excessive stress on the spine. Over time, stress from poor posture can change the anatomical characteristics of the spine, leading to constricted blood vessels and compressed nerves.
The first step to good posture is being aware of the problem! Now that you’re on the right path, come early to one of our classes to get tips and advice from our practitioners on how Pilates can improve your posture.