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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Good postures vs bad posture

Poor posture looks bad – slouching conveys a lack of interest, energy and vitality. Most people know that we should practice good posture, but did you know that having good posture can actually help you get in shape and live a healthier lifestyle?
Practicing good posture allows your bones, ligaments, and muscles to align properly. This leads to better productivity and more energy. For kids it is vital that they learn good posture from a young age. Trying to fix bad posture is not difficult from early age.


Health effects of poor posture:
  • Suffering from chronic pain in the hands, neck and shoulders
  •  Repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome 
  • Poor posture is unhealthy – bad habits can cause problems with joints, muscles, the spine and internal organs.
  • Poor posture can also cause bones to grow abnormally.                 
Good posture
  • Good Posture ensures that the least strain is placed on muscles and ligaments. Having good posture prevents muscle fatigue and backaches, decreases wear on joints, ligaments, and bones, and contribute to a good appearance.
  • Good posture facilitates breathing. It naturally enables you to breathe properly. If you breathe properly, your body circulation will improve. Your metabolism will speed up, your body’s energy creating capacity is greater and your body is able to eliminate free radicals and waste materials fast. 
  • Good posture increases your concentration and thinking ability. When you are breathing properly, you increase your thinking ability too. Remember that our brain requires 20% of oxygen to do its job properly. Thus, our brain functions efficiently when we observe good posture. 
  • Good posture improves your image. Observe people who have good postures. They look good. They look smarter and attractive. They feel confident and give out a certain appeal and aura around them.                                                                     
  • Your posture reflects your self confidence. If you lack self confidence, you are not healthy emotionally. Good posture makes you feel good about yourself. 
  • Good posture also makes you avoid health complications. A bad posture results in several complications over time, such as increased risks of slipped disc, back aches, back pain, pressure inside your chest, poor blood circulation. 
 Does posture really matter? 
"Yes," says Jeffrey Bergin Dean of Clinics at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard. "Many children are suffering from chronic pain in the hands, neck and shoulders, as well as repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Many of these ailments can be prevented and eliminated with proper attention to posture, correct backpack use and attention to how and how long children sit at computer stations. "Poor posture can also cause bones to grow abnormally.

Good posture ensures that the least strain is placed on muscles and ligaments. According to Spine Universe.com having good posture prevents muscle fatigue and backaches, decreases wear on joints, ligaments, and bones, and contributes to a good appearance.

 Deborah Saint-Phard, a physiatrist at CU Sports Medicine says good posture is crucial for optimal performance in sports. "Oftentimes, I'll walk into a room and see teenage kids slumped over, with rounded shoulders and head slumped over. They'll have shoulder pains (when they) play tennis," she says. Saint-Phard says poor posture is exacerbated by weak back muscles that are elongated and stretched out.

She says children can learn good posture in a positive way. "I counsel my (5-year-old daughter): 'Sit up proud. Be proud of who you are.'" she says.

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Read more :How teachers can teach children good posture?
 * 'Parenting good posture' 
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