Remember when we were younger, we were told to 'Sit up straight' by our parents? We often get annoyed by their nagging. But behind those nagging, our parents mean good as having a good posture is essential for good health.
WHAT IS POSTURE?
Posture is defined as the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose. Correct posture allows us to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions that put the least strain on the muscles, ligaments and tendon during movement and weight-bearing activities. Appropriate body alignment:
A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind.
IDENTIFYING BAD POSTURES
Let’s take a look at the 6 bad postures as shown below:
How many of us are guilty of doing these postures? Raise your hand! Are you also aware that you may be slouching while reading this article?
EFFECTS OF BAD POSTURE ON HEALTH
Incorrect posture habits can take a toll on the body, leading to a number of issues:
HOW TO BREAK BAD POSTURE HABITS?
The first step to break these habits is conscious awareness of your own posture throughout the day, such as standing, walking, sitting and lying down. Take a moment to make a mental note of your posture. Alternatively, you can ask someone to observe your posture and make comments or suggestions. Below are ways to achieve good posture:
So remember: Head up, shoulders back, and look straight, it gives you confidence.
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