Posture Perfect: How to Improve Posture for a Healthier Back

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When you watch fashion shows on television, do you wonder how the models strut on the catwalk? Would you believe it all begins with a good posture? If you see someone shuffling along the street with her head down and shoulders slumped forward, what would be your initial impression? Not great, huh? Now, picture this same girl again, gliding along, taking sure and confident steps with her head high. You could actually say that she is a self-assured person! Like it or not, your posture is just like any other form of body language – it tells a lot about you.

What’s great about good posture?
You look confident, poised and relaxed.
Your voice sounds better, because your organs have room to work properly.

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 Posture Don’ts!

x Rounded shoulders

x Swayed back arms

x Stomach thrust out

x Weight on one foot

x Chin too far forward

Posture Do’s!

  • Shoulders back down
  • Knees slightly flexed
  • Butt tucked under
  • Weight must be on the balls of both feet
  • Arms relaxed at bending, with elbows slightly bent

Tummy tight and flat

You will even appear taller than your actual height (such a plus factor, indeed!)
Now that your posture’s not the pits, it’s time to walk!
A graceful walk appears effortless and smooth.
Don’t settle into each step.
Think tall!
Let your arms swing naturally.

Take steps that are large enough to appear bold, but not reaching.
Don’t walk too quickly or slowly.
Make your neck look long and elegant by pretending there’s a string attached to your head (on one end) and to a cloud (on the other end).
Develop rhythm by walking to music.
Be aware of your surroundings.

What is good posture?

Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement or weight-bearing activities. Proper posture:

Keeps bones and joints in the correct alignment so that muscles are being used properly.
Helps decrease the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in arthritis.
Decreases the stress on the ligaments holding the joints of the spine together.
Prevents the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions.
Prevents fatigue because muscles are being used more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy.
Prevents strain or overuse problems.
Prevents backache and muscular pain.
Contributes to a good appearance.

The above advice will benefit a majority of people with back pain. If any of the above guidelines causes an increase of pain or spreading of pain to the legs, do not continue the activity and seek the advice of a physician or physical therapist. 

This information is provided by PSST.ph and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition.

Vance Madrid

Freelance writer, lifestyle blogger, social media manager, events coordinator, scriptwriter, film buff, wanderlust and certified foodie.