“Stand up straight!” We’ve all been told that one time or another, and, of course, we all know that a great posture is extremely important – but most of us don’t really know why.
In fact, body posture is more important for your health than for the way you look. Having a poor posture can weaken your back and core muscles and lead to serious back pain!
Bad body posture is becoming more and more common in recent years as more and more people work with computers or at a desk where they slouch for long periods of the day, every day. Excess weight, stress, pregnancy and even text messaging can all lead to bad posture and serious pain in the future.
The American Physical Therapy Association also warns:
“Good posture is also good prevention. If you have poor posture, your bones are not properly aligned, and your muscles, joints, and ligaments take more strain than nature intended. Faulty posture may cause you fatigue, muscular strain, and, in later stages, pain.”
Add that to the strain that weak muscles can put on your shoulders, legs, and core muscles and that back pain you keep ignoring could prove to be very serious indeed!
But don’t worry just yet, it’s not too late to fix your bad body posture!
Back expert and physiotherapist Nick Sinfield is here to offer advice and show you the correct exercises to ensure that your posture remains perfect and your back muscles stay as strong as you need them to be.
Sinfield told the National Health Institute:
“Correcting your posture may feel awkward at first because your body has become so used to sitting and standing in a particular way. You need to retrain your body to sit and stand correctly, this can improve your body awareness and confidence that your back is a strong resilient structure.”
“Initially, this may require a bit of conscious effort and some strengthening and flexibility exercises to correct muscle imbalances. But with a bit of practice, good posture will become second nature and be one step to helping your back in the long term.”
So what are you waiting for?
Lie down on your front and gently lift your torso off the ground. Lift your torso as high as is comfortable, whilst keeping your arms at your sides or pointed outwards. Repeat ten times, holding for five seconds each time.