“A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind.” –Morihei Ueshiba You may not realize it, but having good posture reflects your confidence level and makes an impression on people you meet. No one wants to look like a hunch back or an old lady before that day comes, and why should it come anyways? You can easily prevent and change your back’s alignment by reminding yourself to stand tall and sit up straight. You will physically and mentally FEEL BETTER and more positive naturally with this one tip. Set yourself reminders and make it a small goal that will ripple positive effects throughout your life. Your family and friends will immediately notice a difference.
Keep Good Posture And Your Back Will Thank You
When you have good posture, your lungs function at their best. Good posture opens your chest, squeezes your shoulder blades, and allows your lungs to expand and collapse the way they should. Ask for help when lifting something that is too heavy and causes strain. Do not pull with your arms. Let your legs do the hard work by bending at your knees. Keep your back straight and do not bend at your hips when you pick something up. When sitting, add support with a firm cushion at your lower back. Avoid crossing your feet while sitting — keep them flat on the floor. Sit up straight. If you are active and exercise frequently, you will perform better when your body is in proper alignment. Make sure to exercise your back, not just your arms and chest. Consider swimming to help relax and build a healthier back. Maintain a healthy weight — a big belly strains your lower back, while large breasts strain your shoulders and upper back. Invest in good shoes and avoid tight bras.
More Healthy Back Care Tips
Practice good posture during everyday activities like sitting at your computer or cooking. Periodically place your elbows at your sides and put your hands on your shoulders. While your hands are on your shoulders and your ears are properly aligned, raise both of your elbows slowly and then lower them back to your waist as many times as you can. During your normal day, try to imagine yourself with a string at the top of your head that pulls you up toward the ceiling. When you walk, don’t slouch and imagine you are balancing something on your head. Proper alignment and good posture are more tools to enhance your confidence and overall physical health. Stand tall, and stand proud!