Good Posture Contributes to Brainpower, Looking Slimmer, and Being Healthier!
Good posture was never something I came by naturally. Working with weights and using an ‘ab roller’ type device has benefited me, but the biggest change in my posture came last year when I switched from a regular office chair to an oversized exercise ball. Sitting on the ball forces you to contract your abs and really strengthens your core. Now I walk much taller and I know I feel better and more confident. I’ve had many compliments since I started sitting on the ball at my desk. I also find that I have fewer back, neck and shoulder aches, too.
Let’s take a look at how good posture affects different areas of our lives.
Posture affects your thinking process. Prove it to yourself by doing math in your head while slouching, looking at the floor and letting your mouth hang open. Then do the mental math while sitting up straight, keeping your mouth closed and looking forward or slightly upwards. You'll notice that it's easier to think with the latter posture. (This is amazing….who knew??)
Good posture allows energy to more easily move through the nervous system, getting you more brainpower. Sit up straight with your mouth closed and notice how this good posture even allows you to breathe better!
Good Posture Helps you Look Slimmer
Practicing good posture can subtract 3-5 pounds from your appearance - and if that is not enough to get you motivated, it also helps you look younger and more confident, too. Clothes hang in a more flattering way on a person with good posture. When we hunch over, our excess folds of flab are pushed together - not pretty! When we stand up straight and tall, we appear thin and trim.
When sitting in a chair, place your hands on the arms of the chair to draw your shoulders back and to create the look of an hourglass figure. When standing, pull your shoulders back a bit, not too much as it will look completely contrived. Pull your hips back a little as well and contract your abdominal area. See how skinny you look?!
Good Posture Helps Your Health
If you sit at a desk all day (whether at school or at work) and you have frequent shoulder, upper back or headache pain, this could have as much to do with your posture as with your school or work related stressors. Good posture helps keep joints and bones in correct alignment. During stressful times, posture often suffers. If you are experiencing an unhappy or stressful time, remember to practice good posture to aid in feeling better.
Proper posture helps to prevent back and neck pain and stiffness. Various muscles and ligaments struggle to keep you on balance when you slouch.
Remember, it is important to get up and move around as much as possible during the day, especially if you are desk bound. Stretching exercises and practices such as yoga incorporate good posture practices with beneficial toning benefits. Good posture has many multitasking advantages and should be something you are aware of and concentrate on perfecting daily. Let good posture make a difference in your life today.
Laura Miller practices good posture and hates to see people slumping!!