Correcting Bad Posture

Correcting Bad Posture. Why improving posture is so important and how to most effectively correct posture problems.

Improving Posture

As David Imrie notes, ‘Posture is not sole the manifestation of physical balance. It’s also an expression of mental balance. Think about the way you stand when you are depressed or tired: You stand with your shoulders rounder and drooping. Your body represents your emotions by giving up the fight against gravity, sagging just as low as you feel’.

Posture Problems

Poor posture can have many negative consequences. Bad posture distorts the alignment of your bones and makes your muscles chronically tense. Thus, you will be more likely to have stiff joints and other pain symptoms, such as jaw pains or headaches.

Slouching also reduces your vital lung capacity by more than 30 percent. That means that your lungs will have to work harder to draw in each breath, and less oxygen will reach your brain, leading inevitably to greater tiredness and lower productivity.

Poor posture also decreases mental alertness and increases the probability of accidental errors. It slows your reflexes, and hampers creative thinking and control of your emotions.

More side effects of bad posture: premature aging of body tissues, indigestion, constipation, even depression if the most severe cases.

Correcting Bad Posture

Improving posture begins with this basic visualization step:

  1. Relax your shoulders
  2. Sit up right
  3. Visualize a string running from the base of your spine to the crown of your head
  4. Pull the string taut, up and straight.

At any point in time, make sure this string is kept straight. Do not let it flex forward or backward. For those acquainted with yoga, visualize the energy of the earth and the energy of the sky flowing through your spine. Energize it further with these Posture Correcting Exercises.

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