The Benefits of Good Posture
It can take a bit of time to fix your posture, but the benefits can last a lifetime. Good posture is when your muscles around your spine support your entire body evenly. Poor posture, on the other hand, happens when certain muscles are working overtime to support parts of your body they normally shouldn’t be. Down the line, this can lead to pain and health complications.
When sitting, both of your feet should be flat on the ground. Your back should be mostly straight (you’ll have some natural curve in your spine). Your shoulders should be back but relaxed. Your ears should be directly above your collarbone.
When standing, your legs should have a slight knee bend. In other words, don’t keep them so straight that your knees are locked up.
Your whole body feels the benefits of good posture, such as:
- Reduced lower back pain – Slouching puts stress on your lower back muscles and joints.
- Fewer headaches – Poor posture can trigger tension headaches, which are caused by neck tension.
- More energy – Proper posture allows your muscles to work properly and efficiently.
- Less neck and shoulder tension – Good posture keeps your head in line with your spine and puts less stress on your shoulders.
- Decreased risk of worn joints – Poor posture wears down joints over time due to excess pressure.
- Better lung capacity – Standing or sitting upright gives your lungs space to expand.
- Better circulation and digestion – Slouching puts pressure on your organs.
- Stronger core muscles – Your core muscles are necessary to keep good posture.
- Increased self-confidence – Good posture can make you feel more confident.
If you find that you’re experiencing pain even with good posture, it may be a clue to seek care. You can use the National Doctor and Hospital Finder tool to find a provider that’s in our network.