From a young age, we always heard from our mothers and teachers to ‘sit-up straight’ and ‘don’t slouch’! At that time, I thought it had something to do with good manners but, as I got older, I realized it had less to do with social etiquette and more to do with self-respect, specifically for one’s health and well-being. It's especially important to focus on our posture nowadays, since we are sitting in from of our computers for work, school, and social events. Overall, good posture has great benefits for mind, body and soul.
Facilitates Proper Breathing
Good posture encourages proper breathing. When we breathe properly, oxygen flows freely which allows for optimal effectiveness to our heart, lungs, nervous systems, organs and tissues.
When you are breathing properly from your improved posture, you increase your ability to focus and think more clearly. Oxygen is brain food. Before you enter a task or situation that requires an open or focused mind – like a test, an interview, a presentation or that tie-breaking free throw, take a few deep breaths to centre yourself and visualize the desired end in mind.
Avoid Health Complications
Improved posture has enormous benefits to our bodies and general heath. It keeps our bones and joints aligned which promotes improved muscle function. When our muscles are used more efficiently, we use less energy which prevents fatigue and increases stamina. Proper bone and joint alignment also decreases stress on our ligaments and reduces wear and tear on joint surfaces, which could lead to arthritis. Good posture also helps avoid the development of abnormal body positions which could lead to injury or deformity.
Enhanced Image and Confidence
More than 90% of communication is non-verbal. Proper posture can help you make a good first impression, and appear more attractive and confident. When you stand or sit correctly, you look taller, slimmer and assured. Safety tip…people who appear more confident and focused are less likely to be targets for assaults or robbery. Ladies, when you’re walking, sitting or traveling alone, keep your eyes and head up, pay attention to your surroundings to let them know that you are NOT a victim!
Good posture is a beautiful thing! So, straighten up! Mama is always right.