According to health experts, bad posture is one of the most common things people overlook when it comes to their overall health. Even though they do everything else right, they still come to the doctor with achy joints, unhealthy belly fat, stomach problems and back pain.
The attack of the computers
Now more than ever, our health associated with correct posture is under attack. This is mainly because computers are now a large part of our lives, and many of us spend at least four or more hours a day on one. When we are using the computer, we subconsciously slouch because we tend to adjust ourselves to the screen and the keyboard, instead of adjusting them to us. A big part of correcting your posture is adjusting your environment to you, not the other way around. Avoid slouching at all times and always try and be conscious of having a straight back. Here’s why you should be aware of good posture affecting your good health:
Slouching hurts your organs
When you slouch, you push down on your organs causing them stress and forcing them to work harder than normal. Your heart, kidneys and intestines bear the brunt of this. Long-time sufferers of bad posture often have problems with health problems such as constipation, heart pain (angina) and kidney and circulation problems.
Bad posture deforms your muscles and bones
Because gravity is a constant force, our body is always fighting against it. You should help keep your health by sitting up straight with correct posture. Sitting up straight creates a normal center of gravity that aligns your body naturally. One of the best health benefits of correct posture is reduced back and neck pain. You’ll know you’re doing it right when you feel your shoulder and neck muscles instantly relax, and your lower back muscles start to work.
If you find yourself leaning forward or sagging down in your seat, try to practice exercises for good posture that can improve health as well. Failing to sit up straight sends a signal to your body that strengthens the wrong muscles and weakens the right ones. When this happens, your bones, much like trees that grow around fences and power lines, tend to follow suit. So do yourself a favor and do what your mother always told you— sit up straight.