When you were younger, your parents probably reminded you to sit up straight at the table or to stop hunching while completing your homework. While you probably felt somewhat annoyed and didn’t give much thought to the admonishment at the time, your parents had your best interest in mind. Good posture is important for a variety of reasons, and in today’s post, we’ll explain why you should be actively attempting to improve your posture.
Wilmington Yoga Center provides a variety of yoga classes in Wilmington and Leland. Yoga has been proven to promote good posture as well as flexibility, so sign up for a class today! We’re currently offering 30 days of unlimited yoga for only $30, making this summer the perfect time to try our yoga studio. Come by the studio or get in touch with us through our website to learn more, and read on to learn more about the importance of posture!
The main reason why you should be concerned with your posture has to do with the strain you put on your body’s muscles and joints. Good posture properly distributes your weight throughout the body, reducing the stress on your joints and muscles. You may be wondering why it’s important to reduce the amount of stress you put on your body, and the main reason has to do with your long-term health. You won’t immediately notice the impact of sitting improperly for a day, but years of sitting hunched over at your computer could lead to arthritis or inflammation in your back, neck, and shoulders.
How Do I Fix My Posture?
Becoming mindful of your posture takes a lot of practice, as most of us have developed bad habits because of our jobs and lifestyles. The easiest way to begin changing your posture is to think about how you spend the majority of your day. Do you work in an office where you sit for the majority of the day, or do you have the option to stand at your desk?
If you sit for the majority of the day, make sure that your feet are firmly on the floor and that your hips form a 90-degree angle with your torso. Your ears should be directly above your shoulders, and your neck should be aligned with the rest of your spine. If you have the option of standing at your desk, make sure that your shoulders, hips, and feet are all aligned. Your knees shouldn’t be bent, but you shouldn’t lock them, either. Try moving your shoulders back and raising your chin as well, as many people compromise their posture with improper neck and shoulder alignment.
Keep an eye on our blog page for future posts in which we’ll continue to provide you with tips for improving your posture. Wilmington Yoga Center provides a variety of yoga classes that can help you improve your posture and your well-being. We would love to see you in our yoga studio – come visit us today to get started!