It might be hard for you to understand if you’ve never quite paid that much attention to good posture before. However, you should know that there are several benefits of good posture for your body. It doesn’t just make you look good. It helps to prevent several things from happening regarding your health.
So, what are the benefits of good posture? What do you stand to gain when you decide to be a bit more conscious about how you sit, stand, or lie down? Let’s find out.
It improves your balance and alignment
One of the benefits of good posture is that you have better alignment and balance. This is because bad posture causes your body to shift or lean forward/backwards unnaturally. As such, your legs and your spine constantly have to work harder to support that weight. It’s a little like tilting an object on a stick too far to one side. Eventually, everything will come crashing down. With good posture, however, your legs and spine can easily carry you around.
It improves your breathing
Bad posture positions like slouching cause you to “mash” your organs together. This is because you’re bent in a certain shape all day long. It’s very much like folding a travelling bag unnaturally. The clothes inside it will inevitably squeeze together. As such, there is less space in your body for your organs to occupy, and they have to make do with what they have.
This affects your lungs, too. They won’t be able to expand to their normal capacity while taking in oxygen and you’ll have difficulty breathing. With good posture, however, you really don’t have to worry about this.
It makes you look slimmer and taller
When you’re bent over, you’re constantly looking short and compressed. However, if you can stand up straight, you look a few inches taller than someone with bad posture, and your body appears slimmer too. Combined with excellent dressing and grooming, you’ll seem much more attractive, classy and gentlemanly. If this isn’t a good thing, we don’t know what is.
It makes you look confident
When you’re always looking down, and you’re bent over, you seem like you’re recovering from a recent heartbreak or something of that sort. However, by getting a better posture and standing up straight and tall, you’ll look a lot more confident and powerful.