Okay, Pop Quiz. With a show of hands, how many of you know what your posture is saying about you? Just pause a moment and consider the question. If your posture could speak, what would it say? Some examples could be the following:
“I’m tired, I’m cranky and I just don’t feel good.”
“My life is horrible. I need a change.”
“I can’t wait to get my day started! Where’s my orange juice?”
If any of this sound like you, believe it or not, your posture can be connected very much with how you feel. When we say “how you feel” we mean not just physically. Your mental wellbeing, right down to how you perceive yourself, has a connection to your posture.
So why is posture such an important part of your life?
Well, it goes like this. If your long-term goal is a long and healthy life with a virtually pain-free body, good posture is part of that equation. However, good posture just doesn’t automatically happen. For many of us who work in cubicles hunched over a computer keyboard for several hours a day, we need to actually ‘train’ our bodies to respond to the need for good posture.
As it turns out, there are several nifty posture ‘training’ devices available in the marketplace just for this purpose. Sure, you probably just had a visual pop into your head of something resembling a torture device. Well, that’s far from the truth. The posture correcting tools that are being manufactured today can easily be worn under regular clothing making them undetectable.
The Great Posture Road Map
Imagine your body as a giant road map. It will feature some incredible places worth a visit or two but in order to get to them, you need to be able to move smoothly through obstacles. Think road construction or accidents as the scenes where posture needs improvement for safe passage. On your roadmap, there will be places where good posture will open up many passages.
So, here are the landmarks of your roadmap that will lead to good posture:
1 – Chin
Hold your chin up. Do not drop it down.
2 – Chest
Lift your chest up.
3 – Shoulders
Pull your shoulders back and down.
4 – Stomach
Hold your stomach in.
5 – Tailbone
Slightly tuck your tailbone in.
6 – Knees
Keep your knees slightly bent.
7 – Feet
Have your feet hip-width apart.
So, how does that feel? Follow this roadmap daily whenever you are walking, working out, sitting at your computer, daydreaming about your younger self and whenever else you need to straighten out.
The Mechanics Of Good Posture
You knew there had to be more to this. The science behind good posture is quite simple to understand. It is all related to the way your spine is held inside your body. When you follow the steps to the Good Posture Road Map above you are putting everything you have into supporting the proper alignment of your spine. When your spine is aligned, running straight up and down, without any extra pressure being put on it, you will have good posture.
There’s, Even More, Benefits To Good Posture
Yay! You’ve got the information you need to be able to improve your posture at a moment’s notice. But, why would you? There has to be more than just keeping your spine aligned. Well, there is. When you are exercising good posture practices something really cool happens inside your ribcage. You lungs have room to expand. What this means is that you will be able to get more oxygen into them with proper posture. The key behind more oxygen is better health. Take a deep breath right now. See how awesome that feels? Full lungs rock. Don’t forget that.
The Visual Benefits To Good Posture
We’re not quite done yet with this subject. When you stand or sit up straight, it says something about you. It is an important part of that unspoken language we can body language. Think about the people you’ve come in contact with already today. Were they displaying good or bad posture? Which ones seemed happier than the others? What was your initial reaction to those with good or poor posture? Have you ever noticed this before?
People with bad posture habits tend to slouch and appear bent over. Typically they do not make eye contact and are difficult to connect with. Sometimes the posture roadmap gets tossed out when our mental state is far from perfect. Slouching is a sign of sadness, depression, low self-esteem, tiredness and a generally bad attitude or self-image. Many of these things can be relieved with a visit to the Good Posture Road Map. In other words, don’t veer off the map!
What Others See
Even if you may not be the most confident person in your department, neighborhood or class, no one will notice that if you have good posture. That’s because good posture sends out signals to others about you. A firm handshake, eye contact, and a straight spine speak volumes about the way you see yourself – even if you don’t see that in yourself at all. Need to snag a promotion or leave a good impression with someone? Good posture is your secret weapon. Why do you think superheroes strike a good posture pose all the time? It’s their signature. It’s their sign of confidence.
Is It Too Late To Start Improving Your Posture?
The right time to work on improving your posture is now. Regardless of your age and health condition. If you can stand up straight during a normal day, you are ready to embark on your first trip down the Good Posture Road Map. Follow it daily and at one point it will just become automatic and you won’t even know you are doing it. But you will notice you will feel better both inside and out. Good posture can then become your very own secret weapon.