Health Benefits of Correcting Bad Posture
We usually pick up on bad posture habits during our adolescence and young adulthood, all of it cumulating to a stooping, hunched stance that we assume in the middle age. Sitting in front of the computer, shoulders slouched, back curved and legs trailing behind- this is a common picture for most of us, during most of the day. However, correcting this bad posture can get rid of a lot of health problems.
Improves Muscle tone
Muscle tone and function is lost as we age. The ‘middle age spread’, as the phenomenon is called, can trigger enough muscle loss every year to account for the 2–4 pounds of fat gained. Muscle tone can be improved by working on your posture. Middle age usually shows first through your belly, which before soft and bulgy. Correcting your posture until it becomes your natural stance makes a huge contribution towards maintaining your muscle tone.
A number of scientific studies have shown that improving posture improves concentration and mental performance. Better posture means less tension, better breathing, better digestion and a confidence- it is natural that concentration and mental prowess of those who corrected their posture will be higher than those who slouch on the couch.
Good posture helps in giving your abdominal organs an organic rub down. This facilitates digestion. Those who have problems with the gall bladder or acidity are especially benefitted by this. When you sit straight, at a correct posture, your rib cage doesn’t press down on your internal organs. This makes the digestive system perform better.
Improve back conditions
Back conditions like pain and numbness are often the result of a bad posture. If your spine is stretched at an unnatural curve throughout the day, back pain is inevitable. So, a corrected posture will help you combat this pain, which may be a twinge once in a while or intermittent, severe pain. To be sure that the back pain is a symptom of bad posture and not a more serious underlying condition, check with your doctor first.