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How to Improve Your Posture

How to Improve Your Posture PhotoMaintaining a good posture comes with numerous benefits. When your body is properly aligned while you are sitting or standing, it helps prevent body aches and pain associated with an improper posture.

Body aches, which are related to a poor body alignment include back ache, neck pain, shoulder pain and fatigue. Proper body alignment also conveys a positive outlook and self confidence.

Here’s how you can project an impressive poise and eliminate unwanted body pains.

Recognize a good posture

The right posture means maintaining your body properly aligned. When standing, an appropriate posture displays a straight back, chin up, stomach in, chest out and squared shoulders.

Your earlobe, shoulder, hip, knee, and the middle of the ankle should be in a straight line.

Examine yourself

Stand straight and use a whole body mirror to examine your posture. Look at your reflection from the side. Align yourself. Make sure that your ear, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle are all in a straight alignment.

As you assume the proper standing position, you should feel that you are an inch taller. Maintain this position every time you assume a standing position.

The proper sitting position

While working at your desk, have your back leaned against your chair. Both your feet should be flat on the floor. Keep your knees aligned with the hips. Hold your head erect with your eyes gazing slightly lower to see the computer screen.

When bending over to pick up something from the ground, bend your knees and not your waist to avoid straining the muscles on your legs.

Wear appropriate footwear

Wearing high heels can surely add a perk to your getup. However, it seriously compromises your posture. Wear heels that are not more than an inch high. Along with this, it places a considerable strain on your feet and legs which results to pain on those areas. Flip-flops and ballet flats also have the same effect. Wear them occasionally.

Make sure that you put on comfortable footwear that effectively supports the arches of your feet. Arch supports allow you to stand or walk comfortably while maintaining proper balance and posture.

Feel comfortable on maintaining proper posture

If you force yourself to stiffen as you assume a straight position it will convey an awkward look.  Loosen up your muscle and feel comfortable in maintaining proper body alignment.

Exercise

Yoga gives a favorable effect to posture as well as the overall condition of the body. Yoga exercises help strengthen your muscles to achieve proper body alignment. It also helps enhance your balance.

Stretching exercises will help you relax your muscles especially those at your back. It will also help relieve muscle soreness especially if you have to sit longer at work during the day.

Developing a strong determination to keep proper posture is a personal choice. It gives a lot of benefits for your own good as you stick with the process. When you plan to purchase a device to help improve posture, make sure to discuss it with your health care provider as some of these devices may limit full range of motion.