When it comes to your health, you’re probably taking a lot of steps in order to make sure that you stay well — as much as you can. You may exercise regularly, for example, trying to meet or exceed recommended guidelines of Slouch about 30 minutes of activity each day. You may also watch what you eat, limiting refined sugars and carbs in favor of more fruits and vegetables.
And you may also try to get as much sleep as you can, especially given everything you need to do in your life, from kids to work to school and more. But there’s one thing that affects a lot of your well being that you may not even know about, and that’s your posture.
You might be surprised at all the bad effects that sitting with less-than-ideal posture has on your well being. For example, when you slump over at your desk or on the couch, you are also slumping over the potential of your lungs to fill adequately. In addition, that slump in your back and in your neck also creates pressure on your circulatory system which may mean negative changes to your blood pressure.
And of course, if you’ve slumped for a day (or a week) then you probably notice how poorly that posture affects your lower back, leading to aches and pains that are unwelcome.
However, it isn’t just physical impacts that can happen as a result of poor posture. Slouch is also linked to such negative emotions and mental positivity such as low self-esteem and depression, too.
If you’re like many people, however, you can’t skip one of the prime causes of poor posture — sitting at a desk for long stretches of time. As you move closer to a screen, you’re shifting your posture forward, pushing with that curve and also pushing your neck out of whack. That may lead to headaches and over development of musculature.
One of the best ways for you to tackle poor posture is to understand how your posture relates to the rest of your body. Your spine doesn’t work in isolation; it’s connected to your pelvis, so proper placement of that piece of your body in a chair is likely to help you lead to the next steps to improve your posture. What else do you need to understand about this important element of your well being? This graphic explains it.