“Stand proud; shoulders back and down!”
Are you hearing your mother’s voice when you read the above quotes? I am, and I’m sure my children are hearing mine.
Apparently, the wonderful world of technology is making our collective posture worse. We sit for much of the day, hunched over our steering wheels, computers, Blackberries and iPhones. We are losing our ability to maintain upright posture.
Having good posture has both esthetic (how you look and feel) and functional (how you perform) benefits, including;
- looking smarter and more attractive (always a good thing!)
- feeling more self-confident
- deeper and more efficient breathing, leading to
- better concentration and clearer thinking (the brain needs lots of oxygen to work at peak performance)
- avoidance of health complications, including lower back ache, poor circulation and slipped discs (to name just a few)
- improved performance in recreational sports
Want to improve yours?
- sit at the edge of your chair, with feet flat on the floor
- imagine a string attached to the top of your head, pulling you upright like a marionette
- strengthen the muscles of your upper back (traps, rhomboids, latissimus dorsi) and core
- stretch the muscles of your chest (pectoralis major and serratus anterior)
- Place your computer monitor at eye level and invest in a good, ergonomic desk chair
Want to know more? Check out this website on posture and ergonomics!