Tips for Achieving Optimal Posture
What is optimal posture? Optimal posture refers to the ideal overall alignment of the body where the earlobe, shoulder tip, hip joint and outside protrusion of the ankle are lined up and the centre of the knee is in front. Over your lifespan, as tension builds up between joints and other supports of the body, an improper posture begins to arise. This results in restricted mechanical abilities and potential pain. Achieving optimal posture may reduce problems such as headaches, fatigue and back/neck pain and is important for overall mental and physical wellbeing. Lastly, in terms of social interactions, a proper upright posture exudes confidence.
Tips for Optimal Posture There are several steps you can take to achieve ideal posture. The first step is to identify the optimal posture using your own body and maintaining this posture at all times possible. This includes while standing, walking, sitting, sleeping and driving. A simple way to establish good posture is by standing against a wall with a straight back and shoulders and with your chest outward and stomach inward. Now that you have conceived the idea of a proper posture, attempt to maintain it during other instances of standing. A proper walking posture is based on a proper standing posture. You must make sure to keep your eyes ahead to keep from slouching.
Tips for Optimal Posture Most individuals work at a desk for long durations and it is important to maintain an appropriate sitting posture during this time. An ergonomic chair with lower back support can help with achieving optimal posture. Ensure that your back is against the chair and that both feet can firmly touch the ground. A good driving posture is similar to a sitting posture. Make the appropriate adjustments to the seat and headrest so that you are not straining to reach the pedals or steering wheel. This optimal posture will ensure a comfortable ride.
Tips for Optimal Posture Although it is difficult to be aware of your posture while sleeping, it is quite important and can affect your posture when you are awake. There are certain measures you can take to ensure that you have a proper sleeping posture. A firm mattress offers back support and is therefore optimal for good posture. If you prefer to sleep on your side, putting a flat pillow between the knees will help to keep the spine straight. Avoid using too many pillows â€“ this results in a bent neck and hinders posture.
Tips for Optimal Posture There are also certain exercises, particularly those that target the upper back and shoulders, that you can do to attain optimal posture. These exercises may be incorporated in your daily routine but are also beneficial to do if there is an instance where you have been sitting or standing for a long time. Yoga is another option that can help to maintain proper posture and enhance balance.
Tips for Optimal Posture If you feel that you need additional help with achieving the optimal posture, seeking the help of a licensed chiropractor will be beneficial. Physiotherapy is also another option if you require professional support. Both types of rehabilitative professionals are available to provide individualized strategies to achieve your goals.
An optimal posture is important for overall health and well-being. Progressively training your body and taking appropriate measures will allow you to reach your goal of achieving a perfect posture.
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Published on May 30, 2013
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