The lifestyle of the 21st century entails a lot of physical duress. Desk jobs, jobs that require one to stand for long hours at a stretch (like teaching), call centre jobs and travelling jobs are all physically taxing. Therefore in order to avoid various kinds of pain and deformities it is very important to maintain a good posture. Now the question arises: What is a good posture? A good posture is a position in which minimum stress is placed on each joint. Any position that increases stress on the joints is a faulty posture. There are many causes that can lead to a poor posture such as pain, muscle imbalance, respiratory diseases, developmental problems, trauma, disease etc.
Posture can be broadly classified into two categories; active posture and inactive posture.Posture is not something that just needs to be maintained while doing some activity that involves movement. It also has to be maintained while a person is simply lying down or sitting. In other words, a proper physical attitude needs to be adopted even for resting or sleeping. During active posture a proper integrity of all the muscles are to be maintained.A good posture requires minimum muscular efforts and is always pleasing to the eyes. It also reflects one's mental attitude and confidence. Moreover a good posture minimizes fatigue and acts like a core pillar to one's overall physical health.
Here are some posture related tips: While sitting the backrest should support the entire back and the feet should be on the floor rather than hanging in midair. The shoulders should be relaxed.
On the other hand, while standing the hands should be hanging naturally, stomach should be in and the weight should be on the sole of the foot.
Any position that increases stress on the joints is a faulty postureWhile lying down, one necessarily needs a comfortable mattress and well supported pillow to aid proper blood circulation. Also one should avoid sleeping on one's stomach.
The key benefits of a healthy posture include respite from severe headaches, reduced lower back pain, improved lung capacity, better digestion and enhanced blood circulation. Tension in the shoulders and neck also reduces with a good posture. Increased energy levels and minimal joint pain are other clear benefits. And most importantly a good posture invariably makes one more confident, alleviates the mood and relieves anxiety.
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