We’ve all heard it—or maybe even experimented it—but as we age, our bodies just start to…hurt. I try my best to stay in shape and eat well, but something else we can all do to promote longevity when it comes to our bodies? Sit up straight.
Sometimes I’ll catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror while sitting, running, or even standing, and I’ll be embarrassingly hunched over. Eeek! Not a good look and not good for my body either!
Challenge: Work on your posture
Especially for those of us who sit or are idle most of the day, slouching can be an easy habit to slip into, and a horrible one. It can actually change the spine’s composition (negatively), and can lead to restricted nerves and blood vessels. Muscle aches and soreness will follow. Ouch!
But instead, good posture can improve the comfort of our backs and necks, and can keep muscle and bone pain in check. On top of all of that, you will literally have more energy. Slouching can restrict how much oxygen you’re breathing in by 30%(!), and as you sit properly, you inhale more oxygen aka energy.
Plus, standing up straight is actually a sign of confidence (to others and it internally helps you feel more secure in yourself), so that’s just an added bonus. It can also boost mood, memory, and overall happiness. Amazing, right?!
Here are simple ways to improve your posture and reap the long list of benefits I just mentioned:
- Get up for a few minutes an hour and walk around or stretch.
- Lay on the ground a couple times a day and make “snow angels” with your arms/legs. Might want to do this one at home…
- When sitting, sit up tall, and put your shoulders back and pulled down.
- Yoga and pilates can strengthen your core. Having a strong middle will naturally get your body to stay upright.
- Think of your head as being held up by a string and pretend that you have a book on your head. Maybe these are silly things to think of, but for us visual learners, these images can really help!
P.S. For more info on proper posture in all circumstances (while sleeping, driving, sitting, walking, etc.), read this article. You’ll seriously feel better instantly.
Source: Upright Pose and Health