What To Do If You Have Horrible Posture?

What To Do If You Have Horrible Posture

Posture is a term that describes the physical state of the body. It can be described as the combination of its position and orientation in space, or it can refer to an organism’s habitual physical attitude. Posture is important for health and appearance because poor Posture may cause pain or discomfort resulting from various muscle imbalances throughout the body. Poor Posture also affects how you carry yourself, which can impact your self-confidence and ability to perform daily activities such as lifting and sitting. 

Good Posture is a habit that can easily be learned and lost. 

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The human body has been designed to support itself while standing, sitting, and walking by contracting muscles that keep bones and joints in place. When people slouch or bend forward, they use these muscles too much, so they get tired faster. A slouched posture also makes the back sore because it does not have enough support from the lower back muscles.

Two types of Posture:

  • Dynamic Posture is how you hold yourself when moving, like walking, running, or bending over to pick up something.
  • Static Posture is how you hold yourself when you are not moving, like sitting, standing, or sleeping.

You must have good dynamic and static Posture.

The key to good Posture is the position of your spine. Your spine has three natural curves: neck, mid-back, and lower back. Correct Posture should maintain these curves but not increase them. 

Good Posture helps you in the following ways:

  • Good Posture is important to keep your bones and joints in the correct position.
  • Help prevent the onset of arthritis.
  • Decreases the strain on the ligaments on the spine
  • Prevents fatigue
  • Prevents backache and muscular pain

What Causes Poor Posture?

Poor Posture is a natural result of the way we sit and stand. Additionally, it is exacerbated by the fact that most people spend much more time in front of a computer than in physical activity. This means that we are not used to holding our bodies upright when not sitting or standing at a desk.

People with bad postures tend to slouch and have rounded shoulders. They may also have a protruding stomach and forward-tipped head. All these attributes can make you look less confident and shorter, and heavier than you are. 

Other causes:

  • Injury and muscle guarding
  • Muscle tension and muscle weakness
  • Daily habits can lead to bad Posture
  • Use of technology
  • Mental attitude and stress
  • Heredity and genetic

Symptoms of Poor Posture

Poor Posture is a common problem affecting people of all ages. Poor Posture may not seem like a big deal, but it can lead to many health problems, such as the following:

Symptoms include the following:

  • Rounded Shoulders
  • Potbelly
  • Bent knees when standing or walking
  • Head that either leans forward or backward
  • Back pain
  • Body aches and pains
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Headache

The right Posture is important for better productivity. It helps you to have a straight sitting position that reduces pressure on the spine. Having a good posture will improve your mood and prevent injuries. Plus, it’s to maintain because it requires no special equipment or advanced training.

How to Improve Posture?

There are two very important things that you can do with your posture problem. Throughout most of the day, our Posture is not exactly ideal.

ideal perfect posture

Bent-Over Row Perfect Posture

  1. It would help if you tried to exercise and train in the gym with perfect Posture. Ensure you have a tight core, and then go through the rowing movement and strengthen in that ideal Posture. For example, during a bent-over row, ensure good positioning in your feet, knees, and hips.
  2. I would recommend that you not think about bringing your shoulders back and squeezing your shoulder blades together. Assume that you are a puppet being pulled, elongated, and straightened out. Think about being elongated and pulled tall and straight, as if a string was pulling you up from the top of your head. Throughout the day, think about that instead of bringing your shoulders back and your shoulder blades together.

elongated and stretched out in to straight posture

So, there you go! If your trainer tells you you have a horrible Posture, fire them and find another one. To improve your Posture in the gym, make sure your Posture is perfect and train in that perfect Posture. This will help strengthen and reinforce that good posture position. When you move throughout the day, think about yourself being elongated and stretched into a straight posture.

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Rick Kaselj, MS

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