Fixing that posture
Our race has evolved from having bent vertebrae to upright ones. Instead of basking in the glory of this more evolved structure, we seem to be disrespecting it through a stubborn inclination towards bad bent postures.
A busy day in our busy lives involves a lot of physical activity. During all of this activity we are basically pushing our bodies against the pull of gravity, fighting it to reach from A to B. The postures we usually tend to take put a lot of strain on our muscles, negatively influencing the entire body. What we don’t realize is the extent to which these tiny little things can affect one’s body.
The fix for the same is also tiny and easy. And since it is the natural way one’s muscles should be, these fixes aren’t difficult to incorporate. The first and foremost would be sitting upright. Sitting upright doesn’t mean staying stiff but in fact means having a neutral posture and allowing the spine it’s natural curves. A correct posture can be denoted through the alignment of one’s ears, shoulders, hips and knees, all in one straight line.
While standing, one must ensure that their body weight is to the ball of the foot, and no
t the heels. Leaving one’s body weight to the heels results in misalignment of the body. It’s also important to level one’s chin in a way that the top back region of one’s head is the highest point. With sitting too, one needs to ensure that the spine is correctly aligned. With one’s feet resting on the ground, the lower back should maintain an arch. While sitting, though, one must make a conscious effort to avoid slouching, or crossing one’s legs. These things create a lot of tension in the knees and muscles.
A good body posture not only makes for a healthier person physically, but also mentally. Studies have shown that people who sit up straight and have a correct posture are more likely to believe in the thoughts they have and hence have a lot of confidence. The reason being- just as an inferior body language affects the thoughts of others towards us; it does the same for our own mind. So it is important not only for a fitter body but also for a more successful attitude towards life that one keeps in mind these rules.
It’s in these little things where the secrets of healthy living are hidden. Incorporating them may not be as easy because it can get difficult to keep a check on oneself every minute, but it you will feel a world of a difference once you successfully have.
Do let us and other readers know if you have benefited by correcting your posture at work-desk or at home.