The term proper posture describes how your body is positioned and balanced, whether it is when you are sitting, standing, lying down or other activity. In the ever-present force of gravity, posture ensures that our bodies are balanced, meaning that the force is spread equally over the body and that muscles, joints or ligaments are feeling an excessive strain.
There are many causes of poor posture that result in pain or injury – the majority of these are through repetition of improper posture techniques. However, other causes of poor posture include:
Symptoms of poor posture can range from aches and pain in the area experiencing an excessive force. However, long-term poor posture can result in rounded shoulders, potbelly, bent knees, back pain, fatigue and headaches.
If you have a desk job, you will be spending a large chunk of your day sitting down. However, sitting for long periods has its tolls on any muscle working when in these positions. For the best posture when sitting:
Learning to stand properly will be extremely beneficial, even if you are rarely on your feet. For the best posture when standing:
When we think of proper posture, we often overlook when we are lying down. Considering we sleep for approximately a third of our time, this is a massive oversight. To lie correct position:
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