Good posture can be successfully acquired only when the entire mechanism of the body is under perfect control. You can make your body under control by maintaining the right posture while performing activities that could be as simple as sitting or standing.
Let’s take a look at some do’s and don’ts for a good posture-
1. Sitting Posture
- Avoid hunching or slumping forward in your chair. Adjust the backrest of your chair and use a lumbar pillow when necessary.
- Don’t sit with your legs crossed. Keep your feet flat on the floor as you sit. This supports your body posture by keeping it firm.
- Try not to sit for long periods as it may eventually lead you to slouch. Take breaks to stretch and stand before you continue sitting.
2. Standing Posture
- Don’t extend your stomach outward, which could happen if you do not stand straight. Stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulled backward.
- Don’t lock your knees while standing. Instead, keep them slightly bent to support your body weight on both feet equally.
- Maintain your head posture by keeping it in level with your earlobes in line with your shoulders.
3. Sleeping Posture
- Don’t sleep on your stomach unless otherwise directed. Always sleep on your side or your back.
- Avoid sleeping on multiple pillows. Sleep with a comfortable pillow that supports the natural curve of your spine.
- Don’t sacrifice the quality of the mattress for a cheaper alternative. Instead, find a good firm quality mattress and will support your back well
4. Walking Posture
- Do keep your head up with shoulders down and back. Avoid looking down or slouching.
- Don’t lean backward or forward while walking. Keep your hips and shoulders aligned.
- Don’t wear high heels or shoes that are too tight. Wear comfortable shoes that have the right arch and heel support.
Holding and maintaining a good posture enhances the mechanism of your body control. The first step towards this is to gain awareness of your posture and understand what needs to get better. The next step is to correct your posture consciously. When you keep following up with this, your brain will start absorbing your postural habits to the subconscious, and that will help you attain an ideal posture for yourself.