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Good Posture How is it relevant to good health?

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Putting in the effort to improve your posture has huge payoffs in the long term.But the question is what is good posture really?
What is posture?

Posture is how you hold your body.

There are two types

1) Dynamic posture 2) Static posture

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Dynamic posture is how you hold yourself when you are moving, like when you are walking, running, or bending over to pick up something.

Static posture is how you hold yourself when you are not moving, like when you are sitting, standing, or sleeping.


It is important to make sure that you have good dynamic and static posture
“Good posture is also known as neutral spine. When we have good posture, the muscles surrounding the spine are balanced and supporting the body equally,
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Some quick TIPS !

When sitting, your feet should rest flat on the floor, with even weight on both hips.
Your back should be mostly straight (you’ll have natural curves in your lumbar, thoracic, and cervical areas). Your shoulders should be back but relaxed and your ears should line up over your collarbones. When standing, your legs should have a slight knee bend so you’re not hyperextending or locking your knee joints.

Whilst at work or at times you need to sit for prolonged time make sure to have freequent breaks and stretch your back in the break.
Never compromise with your chair and you should have a firm back rest.

You should always make sure not to lift any heavy objects as it would cause unnecessarily strain to your back.

Now that we know what good posture is, here are some tips

Check in with your body often


“Awareness is essential to good posture. We get busy working at our computers or eating a good meal, and we compress into poor posture,”
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Post a note on your computer screen to remind you to get yourself in proper alignment.


When sitting, “utilize a lumbar roll or rolled towel to support your natural lumbar curve, That way, you’ll have support for a straighter posture, allowing it to be more sustainable.
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Be mindful of your posture during everyday activities, like watching television, washing dishes, or walking

Stay active, Any kind of exercise may help improve your posture, but certain types of exercises can be especially helpful.
They include yoga, tai chi, and other classes that focuses on body awareness. It is also a good idea to do exercises that strengthen your core (muscles around your back, abdomen, and pelvis).

Maintain a healthy weight,Extra weight can weaken your abdominal muscles, cause problems for your pelvis and spine, and contribute to low back pain. All of these can hurt your posture.

Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes. High heels, for example, can throw off your balance and force you to walk differently. This puts more stress on your muscles and harms your posture.

Make sure work surfaces are at a comfortable height for you,whether you’re sitting in front of a computer, making dinner, or eating a meal

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