'Sitting is the new smoking' (Mirror UK)
'Turtle posture' (Huffington Post)
'Text neck epidemic' (The Washington Post)
To name just a few headliners concerned with the phenomenon 'posture'.
Bad vs. Good Posture: the last few years we've heard all the reasons why we should pay more attention to the way we align our body, and how we should stand tall, straighten up, sit less, and stand or move more. Indeed we all are in search of a healthier life and thus body, for which good posture is a must.
Read more below on the consequences of poor posture for our health....
Take Health Into Your Own Hands
In our opinion, we have to start becoming more concerned about our health through understanding our everyday movements, habits and overall lifestyle, and what we can do ourselves to become, instead of turning directly to pills and surgery, to combat pain, injury, aches and disease - very often linked directly to muscular imbalance, immobility, and tension.
The hunchback society
How actually did (poor) posture become such a huge topic over the years? Of course and quite obviously, our increasingly sedentary lifestyle and having our arms in front of our upper bodies in our everyday activities, constantly rolling the shoulders forward, is taking its toll. Seems like it is about time we start reversing the recently developed era of 'the sloucher', 'turtle' or even, 'the crooked hunchback'.
Look at yourself, and look at the person next to you: how is he or she sitting or standing right now? Are the shoulders rounded, hunched over, or do you have back or neck pain, perhaps returning (tension) headaches? Have you noticed that a lot of people, young and old, have very poor posture and that this results in chronic pain we just accept and learned to live with? Take a look around you and you’ll see it instantly, and all around you - wherever you go.
When you spend the majority of your time with your arms in front of you, it becomes a habit for your body to round the shoulders. The muscles in the upper back and neck begin to overstretch and overwork. The chest muscles shorten, the small muscles between the shoulder blades weaken and the back muscles stretch and lengthen. Muscles that are not designed to be postural muscles have to work and function in a way they were not designed to.
Health and pain
Improve Posture, Improve Your Health
The health benefits obtained by developing a proper stance are not restricted to the musculoskeletal system but extend to all areas of the body. For instance, the lungs can do their best job when our posture is good enough to allow the rib cage and the diaphragm muscle to expand properly. The exchange of oxygen between the lungs and the blood is thus improved and less effort is required to breathe and speak.
We shouldn’t be surprised since most people spend the majority of their day doing a variety of activities such as: computer work, texting, driving, gaming. All of these activities cause you to look down with arms out in front of you.
Even our kids are hefting heavy backpacks, which throw their spine and entire body out of alignment.
Remember that we are designed to move! Not to sit stationary for hours on end with our chin dropped, head tilted forward or to the side with shoulders rounded. Look at your posture right now. What do you see? What do you feel?
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