Our parents have all told us, “Stand up straight." It might have simply felt like nagging, but it is, in fact, so important that May has been designated National Correct Posture Month. Correct posture is more than just standing up straight and it affects more than others’ perception of you. Here are 7 ways better posture can improve your health.
1. Reduces Back and Neck Pain
In our modern society, we sit a lot. Sitting with poor posture can create a lot of tension in our muscles. Make sure you are sitting up straight and not hunching your shoulders up towards your ears. Attending to your posture while you are sitting can help make the rest of your day better.
2. Increases Lung Capacity
When you stand up straight and pull your shoulders back to their correct position, you allow your lungs to expand fully when you breathe. Taking deeper breaths increases oxygenation to our brain and muscles, which makes us feel more energetic.
3. Helps Joints
It reduces wear on your joints. When your body is out of alignment, your muscles need to work harder to contract. This creates stress and wear on your joints, which can lead to the development of arthritis. Maintaining correct posture helps reduce this stress.
4. Decreases Tension Headaches
It decreases the frequency of tension headaches. Poor posture creates tension in the neck, which can cause tension headaches. Keeping your spine neutral and your shoulders back and down can help prevent those nasty headaches.
5. Improves Digestion
When our organs are compressed by us hunching forward, especially while sitting, they cannot provide their essential functions. Also, slouching or laying down after you eat can cause food and bile to move back up into your esophagus which leads to acid reflux. Taking a stroll or doing some other upright activity after you eat will aid in your digestion.
6. Decreases Risk of Injuries
It decreases the risk of strain and injuries. When your body is in proper alignment, your muscles and ligaments can function the way they are supposed to. Maintaining proper posture helps prevent some avoidable injuries to the soft tissues.
7. Increase Self-Confidence
When you stand up straight, you will appear taller and more confident to other people, which will affect the way they treat you and you see yourself. Your body will also feel better, which will reduce stress and allow you to spend your energy in ways that will benefit you.
Adding Superberries to your diet is a great way to improve your health, but focusing on your correct posture is a gift to your whole self. It is not, though, a person’s fault if they do not stand up straight. It can be an issue with weak muscles, body misalignment, or other reasons. Seeing a doctor can help determine what you need to do to reap the benefits of good posture.