We all know that a good posture is important, but how many of us can honestly put our hand up and say 'I stand right?'
Sitting and standing with good posture will allow you to work more effectively, operate with less strain, fatigue and reduce strain on the spine.
Being aware of the ideal standing posture is the first step towards breaking poor habits and reducing the strain on your body's ligaments and muscles.
What is ideal standing posture?
Ideal alignment involves a minimal amount of stress and strain and is conducive to maximal efficiency of the body. Ideal Posture is that state of muscular and skeletal balance which protects the supporting structures of the body against injury or progressive deformity irrespective of whether lying, sitting, standing or running.
The focus for postural alignment centres around the pelvis or “your core” as this is the corner stone of spinal position.
Correct standing posture (figure a) and poor standing posture (figure b, c d) is as follows:
For those of us who need a little more than mum telling us to "straighten up!" here are some of the many reasons why good posture is a necessity:
Breathing becomes easier and deeper
You improve circulation and digestion
Portrays a better, healthier and more confident image
Helps your muscles and joints
Promotes a healthy spine