The benefits of good posture are numerous and cannot be overstated as the nature of your health and wellness later in life may depend on your posture now. That is, if your posture is poor (i.e., rounded shoulders, drooped head, etc.) due to sedentary behavior (i.e., sitting for extended periods of time in front of a computer), adverse effects on your body will become more apparent down the road. Such conditions as joint osteoarthritis and spinal misalignments may develop due to stresses incurred as a result of poor posture. Good posture means drawing your chin back, relaxing your shoulders, stretching your chest forward, tucking your navel toward your spine, sitting with your knees lower than your hips, and having both feet planted firmly on the floor.
Here are some benefits of having a good posture:
Here are some self-check methods to assess your posture for any deviations from good posture:
For your information, here are some postural misalignment terms and their possible causes:
Possible cause(s): tight hamstrings, abdominals, and/or hip extensors and weak lumbar spinal erectors and/or hip flexors
You don't have to live with aches and pains in your body as a result of misaligned joints from poor posture. Physical therapy, chiropractic care as well as the services of a good personal trainer can rectify any musculoskeletal imbalances within your body. A knowledgeable personal trainer having a sound background of anatomy, kinesiology and biomechanics can strengthen and stretch the appropriate muscles in order to rebalance and reduce postural deviations. Having good alignment will enable you to live a pain-free, mobile and functional life.
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.