In today’s high speed world it is next to impossible to remind ourselves that we need to stop and breathe! We are always on the go and sometimes forgetting about our own well being. Balancing body posture can be very quick and simple if you stop and think about it a few times throughout the day. In a fast paced world a lot of us are too tense for a majority of the day and walk with our heads pulled back and down on our necks. Posture plays a huge roll in balancing our bodies and should be given more attention than most of us do! Bad posture can also affect breathing, if you are hunched over and crunched there is no place for the diaphragm to go. It can’t expand the way it needs to for proper breathing and balancing of the body.
What is posture?
“Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without posture and the muscles that control it, we would simply fall to the ground.
Normally, we do not consciously maintain normal posture. Instead, certain muscles do it for us, and we don’t even have to think about it. Several muscle groups, including the hamstrings and large back muscles, are critically important in maintaining good posture. While the ligaments help to hold the skeleton together, these postural muscles, when functioning properly, prevent the forces of gravity from pushing us over forward. Postural muscles also maintain our posture and balance during movement.” To read the full article click here.
Steps to Balancing Body Posture:
- Kick off your heels. They slant your feet and throw your body out of alignment, not to mention they are uncomfortable so you are probably never truly relaxed while wearing them!
- Uncross your legs. Yes I said it. People say your more of a lady while doing so but you will be an unhappy woman or man with bad posture! Your knees should be aligned with your feel for the best possible balance and posture positions.
- Sit tall. your lower back should be straight and supported. Slouching weakens your muscles, stretches ligaments and strains the spine and neck.
- Bend with care. Make sure you are not bending at the waist! Bend so that your hips, knees and ankles are doing all the work.
- Stand up. Sitting all day at a computer desk or in front of a tv can cause fatigue in your muscles, which causes them to collapse into themselves!
- Ditch the heavy bag. Hauling an enormous bag can throw your body out of balance and affect your posture! Backpacks aren’t the most stylish but can do so much better for your posture as it sits comfortably and evenly on your back and usually causes you to stand taller!
If you find yourself doing these things it’s time to make a change! Good posture affects so many things including overall health so you owe it to yourself to work on it each day! Set reminders on your phone every 20 minutes to start or sticky notes on your desk or throughout your house! Whatever it takes, do it, your body and mind will thank you so much for balancing them. You will slowly start to realize that you don’t have the lower back pain that you once had OR that you can breathe a little easier. When you begin balancing body posture you will also be healthier and fight off common sicknesses like colds and flu!
Chiropractic can help with balancing body posture as well!
Most people only turn to chiropractic when injury occurs but it can also be an amazing preventative tool as well. Keeping your spine and neck aligned properly and straightening any curves due to poor posture will help you maintain a balanced body posture for the future! A Chiropractor can teach you muscle strengthening activities and many other ways to help with balancing body posture. Here are a few:
How do I stand properly?
- Bear your weight primarily on the balls of your feet.
- Keep your knees slightly bent.
- Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart.
- Let your arms hang naturally down the sides of the body.
- Stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulled backward.
- Tuck your stomach in.
- Keep your head level-your earlobes should be in line with your shoulders. Do not push your head forward, backward, or to the side.
- Shift your weight from your toes to your heels, or one foot to the other, if you have to stand for a long time.
If you haven’t been to a Chiropractor, what are you waiting for? My daughter and son both see mine on a monthly basis to maintain good posture habits, boost immunity and keep ear infections away!
Yoga for balancing body posture is also a great way to help!
Studies have shown that yoga exercises help improve posture and even reverse hyperkyphosis, the age-related posture issue also known as dowager’s hump. On top of correcting and maintaining posture, yoga creates numerous health benefits for the body and mind, ensuring that you don’t just improve posture, but also increase well-being, get relief from stress, and even enjoy some of the many other health benefits yoga offers. There are many yoga poses that will help with strengthening and flexibility, not to mention it’s also enjoyable! There are many yoga classes available outside the home but even more available on the internet that you could practice at home! This video is a great place to start.
Balancing Body Posture is not only amazing for the way you look but also the way you feel! When everything is aligned the way it should be your immunity boosts as well as your confidence, mood and can even aid in premenstrual problems as well. Taking care of yourself is the most important thing you can do, not only for yourself, but for the people who love you! As always I am always available to answer questions that you have and do more research if needed. I love helping people on their journey towards natural healing and want to help everyone I can! Please connect with me here and join my email list so that you are the first to know about new blog articles! Go out and do something for you today!