Why You Should Get Your Posture Straight
By Sara Butler
On some level, practically everyone knows the importance of good posture. If you’ve ever participated in something that requires good posture, such as dance or yoga, you probably know how much better you feel and function with a straight spine. But even though you may know why posture is important, you may still be found slumped over your desk in the afternoon while working on your computer. How did that happen?
Here are a few of the ways that your posture can have a positive and a negative impact on your life, plus what you can do to improve it.
With Good Posture
When you practice posture that would make your chiropractor at The Joint proud, there’s a lot of ways it benefits you. Good posture:
- Improves energy – You level of energy may improve when you practice good posture. That’s because, believe it or not, your body has to work harder when your posture is poor.
- Improves decision making – Research out of Harvard has indicated that an upright posture can impact decision making, probably because you feel more confident when you sit and stand up straight.
- Protects organs – When you slouch it can squish your vital organs, such as your lungs and digestive system. Your organs will work more efficiently, and better, if you practice good posture.
- Supports a healthy central nervous system – Practicing proper posture helps your central nervous system to work more efficiently, sending and receiving signals to different parts of your body and impacted bodily functions.
With Poor Posture
When you practice poor posture, it can have a big impact on your body, such as:
- Fatigue – Your body must work harder to support itself in poor postural positions. This wastes energy and leaves you feeling drained by the end of the day.
- Depression – Researchers at San Francisco State University found that people who walk around in a slumped or slouched position report feelings of depression. Other studies have also found a link between depression and posture.
- Increase risk of chronic disease – The outcome of your health may be impacted by how you sit each day, even if you exercise.
There’s no question that improving your posture is essential to good health and wellness. Let the chiropractors at The Joint show you how to practice proper posture to attain optimal health and wellness along the way!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.