Proper posture helps us to stand, walk, sit, and sleep in positions that cause the least amount of strain on our supporting muscles and joints during movement and strenuous activities. Not only does it improve our mobility, but it also makes us look slimmer, taller, and more confident.
Other benefits from proper posture include:
muscle pain prevention
allows muscles to work more efficiently with less fatigue
minimizes chances of injury
degenerative arthritis and joint pain prevention
Tips for better posture:
Avoid slouching - not only is slouching horrible for your spine, but it also adds stress to your muscles, joints, and inner organs. Sit up nice and tall, and engage your core - this will help support your torso.
Save heels for special occasions - most high heels push the base of your spine forward, which arches your back. Not only does this cause back pain, but it also puts extra weight on your knees. Stick to shorter, chunky heels or even flats and sandals for everyday wear.
Pay attention to your neck when texting - how many hours a day is your head facing down looking at your phone? This can also cause your shoulders to slouch. Try holding your phone at an eye-level to straighten your spine out.
Don't forget about T12!
You're probably thinking... T-what!? T12 is the key vertebrae in your spine. It sits five inches above your waistline.
With a little support at that level give or take 1 or 2 inches (based on what feels good to you) will keep your spine in a perfect alignment
It will even keep your head over your shoulders and reduce neck pain and headache!