Poor posture, an issue many people don’t realize they have, is extremely important to a person’s overall health. If you have proper posture, your muscles, joints, bones, and organs are aligned for optimal efficiency. Posture can have an effect on your endurance and strength, mood, digestion, and more! It is extremely important that you work to improve your posture in order to improve your quality of life for the long term.
Posture related problems can be due to traumas such as falls or accidents, however for many people, posture is due to poor habits. For many, the average work day involves using a computer for hours at a time, and not having the proper desk height and chair may have huge effects on your posture. Also, by not sitting properly, you can overtime cause posture issues.
Another area to consider is your sleeping environment when examining posture issues. If your mattress is too soft, you might not be providing enough support for your back. It is critical to replace your mattress and replace pillows as needed as a person typically spends an average of 25-30% of the day in bed.
Examining your work and sleep environments are important areas to consider when looking to prevent posture related problems down the line but they aren’t the only one. Proper footwear is an important area to examine. You should makes sure that your shoes provide proper arch support and are cushioned accordingly. Especially the shoes you spend a majority of your day in.
Also, you must watch your weight! Increases in weight can put a strain on your muscles, joints, and back, forcing you into a bad posture position. Eating properly and staying active will not only prevent weight gain, but will keep your body in peak condition and help to avoid posture related problems down the line.
Good posture is something you should actively pursue to maintain. If you are unsure of the status of your posture, or you want personalized advice based on your lifestyle habits on avoiding posture problems later, visit a physical therapist. He or she will be able to tailor make an action plan in fixing your posture or a plan to help you create an environment that will help you avoid posture related problems in the future. For the most part, good posture is in your hands. It is up to you to be on the offense with prevention techniques or on the defense once the damage is done.