Proper posture provides a range of benefits related to your health and general life experiences. A straight back leads to better balance, makes breathing easier, aligns the digestive system for optimal functionality, and releases various muscle tensions, especially in the back, neck, and shoulders. Here are some tips and tricks for improving your posture and how to reap the benefits of proper body alignment.
Even though people assume there’s a link between the spine and proper posture, the core plays a more prominent role in achieving improved alignment. As the center of the body, the core muscles work hard to lift and carry the weight of your upper half. The stronger your core, the easier it is to straighten and hold your upper body’s weight in an upright position. Practicing yoga, doing core-centered workouts, and weight training provide your body with more support.
Like strengthening your core, stretching alters your posture. When you stretch your body, muscles loosen, providing you with added flexibilities and more room for movement. Stretching your shoulder, hips, torso, and neck gives you more room to open your chest and straighten the length of your spine from your tailbone to your head. Stretching also relaxes the muscles, releasing pressure from tension and putting less strain on your body.
Better Sleep Positions
Have you ever woken up crouched, aching, and twisted in some unusual and uncomfortable form? When you go to bed, you lose control over your body as you slip deeper into the dream realm. The lack of bodily control leads to various sleep positions that cause potential muscle lockups, tension, and poor posture. Investing in comfortable mattresses and adjustable bed frames boosts your health in many ways, including better and deeper sleep on top of helping your posture.
Constantly wearing tight and restrictive clothing forces limitations on your body, making it hard to align and move in certain ways. On the other hand, loose clothing gives you more flexibility, allowing your body to stretch out and straighten fully. Wearing clothes that maximize your comfort also helps you relax, releasing held tension, loosening muscles, and providing further movement fluidity.
Added Back Support
A little extra support goes a long way. There are various means to bracing your muscles, alignment, and posture, from chairs and cushions to waist supports to stick-on muscle heating and cooling pads. Like wearing comfortable clothing, added supports help you relax, giving you more body movement and control. They also provide a physical barrier that forces your body to straighten and line up with them.
Implementing some of these tips and tricks for improving your posture straightens your back and leads to other health benefits. Strengthened cores help with balance, better sleep positions keep your airways unblocked while in slumber, and stretching allows you to pause and focus your mind. Therefore, improving one aspect of your health enhances others.
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