The myths of good and bad posture.

Have you ever been hunched over your computer screen? Sometimes you may notice that you are standing with your hips tilted forward and your belly sitting. If you ask for any advice to help prevent back pain, most people will recommend that you sit up straight. We are always inclined to distrust our body posture, so is there really a good or bad posture? Good body posture is something that tends to make a person look more upright, balanced, and confident. But while struggling to improve your posture is a good idea, there are a horde of myths coupled with good and bad posture that is likely to harm not only your efforts to move forward, but your own posture as well. Below are some myths related to body postures:

You should always sit up straight: We've always been advised to sit upright to improve our body posture, and if we don't, we could risk damaging our spine for the rest of our lives. While sitting upright is never a bad idea, body position is less about how we look and more about how we feel. Each person's body type is different, so a one-size-fits-all pose may not help you. The most important aspect when it comes to how you are sitting is staying comfortable and relaxed. So, that doesn't mean that you can substitute sitting at your desk to lie on your bed all day, but you shouldn't feel like you're restricted to an inflexible and unique position. You should try to avoid bending your shoulders or stooping, but eventually the most vital side is that you feel comfortable.

Incorrect posture can cause discomfort: Although it is surely not alleviated, poor posture bears all the blame and is guilty of much more pain than is actually known to cause. In fact, most of the time, poor posture is the result of pain in another part of the body. Understand how stressed and curved your shoulders tend to be on a cold and icy day. Much of this tension will manifest in your back, and while it may be where all the distress is, it is not where the problem is. Similarly, it can be said of other parts of the body. The pain in your feet will surely affect the way you stand and walk, which in turn will disturb your entire posture and could lead to back pain. Hip pain can make you spend a lot of time leaning to one side, which will definitely cause back pain. The only way to efficiently manage back pain is to look not where the pain is, but where exactly it originated.

Make Conscious Effort: When it comes to self-improvement, there are very limited aspects that we can prove that do not require conscious effort. While making a conscious effort to recover is worth it, unfortunately it won't help you with your posture. The problem with deliberately trying to repair your posture is that it honestly just doesn't work. No matter how much effort you put in, you won't be able to remember to hold your pose as soon as you return to another task. So unless you plan to dedicate all your brainpower to focus on your posture, it just doesn't work.

Sit still: your body posture is not the type of thing we can develop or modify in one day. Like so much concern about our body health, good or bad posture is something that develops slowly over time. Therefore, many people feel that convincing their body to stay in the position they consider the perfect posture will regain theirs over time. But in reality, the opposite is true. Many of the annoyances and difficulties we tend to link to faulty postures, such as inflexibility, tend to happen due to the fact that we don't move enough. Any part that is considered immobile for long intervals will gradually become stiff, and the back is no different. Instead, you should move more along with more physical activity. Whether it's swapping seats occasionally or taking a short walk, your back should move, like the rest of you. N Blame my workspace: Yes, we would all consider swapping office chairs for ones that are more comfortable, and yes , it is irritating that your computer screen is lower than you like. But just blaming your work area for poor posture is a pointless attempt. While there are many facets to your desktop that you cannot change, there are a few things you can do to improve it. For starters, your computer screen should be set to the same level as your eyes, or else you'll be spending most of the curved day. Even a minor, barely visible curve can have painful effects on your back, so don't underestimate the power of your screen. In addition, it is also essential to constantly try to plant your feet on the ground, directly below the knees, which should be bent at a ninety degree angle.

Poor posture makes me look bad: The most common myth related to bad or faulty posture is that it only makes you look bad, but it won't cause any harm to your overall health and well-being. Keep in mind that this is far from the truth. Having improper posture has a chance of having lasting effects on your body that can be very difficult to recover from. If your body is familiar with bending over for very long intervals, it has the ability to bend and twist your spine the way it's supposed to be. This can cause a lot of agony, discomfort, and stiffness. Once you reach this point, it is very difficult to rectify your posture. Poor posture will never show its negative effects as you grow up as a young adult, but the damaging effects can be seen once you reach middle age. This is exactly the reason why it is so important to start working to refine your posture from an early age, to avoid future problems.

On a final note in exposing the posture myths mentioned above, one should keep in mind that eventually their posture must be comfortable and competitive, rather than being strained.

Contributions from Sailendra S Raane, Director- Fitness Division, RESET- Holistic Living Concepts

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