Good posture tells a lot about us. It conveys confidence, poise and leadership and when it comes to giving off a good impression these are the types of qualities we want to show. With this in mind, it's no wonder that adults always told us as children to stand and sit up properly. But despite how much we were told as children to have good posture, many of us as adults don't exhibit good posture. Fortunately, this is something that can be corrected, but before we can learn how to develop good posture we first need to know what defines good posture.
Good posture is a result of the proper alignment of muscles in the body, allowing for efficient movement. With the muscles and joints of the body aligned and supported properly it becomes a lot easier to perform simple everyday activities like running up and down the stairs. In contrast, when the joints in your body are improperly aligned they do not fit together like they should, causing some of your muscles to work harder than others. Because of this imbalance in muscle efficiency eventually the muscles that worked harder than the others become tenser while the remaining muscles weaken. This creates muscular imbalance which, over time, can develop into poor posture. As a result of poor posture a series of side effects can occur, including joint restriction, pain, stiffness, and loss of motion throughout the body. But through four simple steps and exercises you can learn how to improve your posture and stop the deterioration of your muscles and joints.
In order for these exercises and stretches to be effective you should do them 2-3 times a week for 15-20 minutes per session, and hold each stretch for a minimum of 15-20 seconds. For the strengthening exercises do 2-3 sets of 8-12 repetitions. By practicing these exercises and stretches properly for the suggested amount of time, you will be able to improve your posture in no time.