Where is our posture leading us?

How often do you find yourself slouching over the desk, steering wheel, kitchen sink?

Have you looked at yourself recently and realised that you are not as tall as you used to be?

Have you spent a weekend in the garden and then find it really uncomfortable getting out of bed in the morning?

I often find myself at the computer slouching forward, then I make myself sit up properly and probably grow about 2" taller. In the car I can often disappear behind the head rest, then when I think about it I sit up and look more like Hoke Colburn in Driving Miss Daisy. When only 5'5" any extra height is always a bonus.

Over the years of evolution man has gone from walking hunched over into a fully upright position and our bodies have developed to work that way. Our internal organs and bone structure all benefit from walking in a good upright position.

There are so many benefits to good posture. It can do wonders for your appearance. Not only will you look taller and perhaps slimmer, you will have an air of confidence about you. Think about your posture next time you walk across the office or wherever you work and see how it makes you feel.

A good posture will also have positive effects on our health. When standing or sitting straighter we allow our lungs to assume their natural position and it means we are able to breathe easier and deeper. The body is a complex thing and by standing with a good posture, muscles and joints are able to work together distributing the workload evenly. This should help prevent injuries, aches, pains and general discomfort.

So what is good posture?

Standing - imagine a piece of string pulling at the back of your head up to the ceiling, shoulders should be under your ears, with another imaginary string going from your shoulders, to your hips, knees and ankle. Feet should be hip width apart with weight evenly distributed between both feet.

When sitting keep your upper body as you would for standing but sit with you buttocks at the back of the chair, feet flat on the floor and your knee bend should be at a right angle.

Try it for a week and see what difference it can make. I am already an inch taller after typing this!

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