Good Posture: The Key to Good Health
Maintaining good posture throughout the day can be a challenge. Not only do many people spend much of the day bent over a computer keyboard, they also spend a considerable amount of time at home slouching in a recliner watching television. Poor posture can result from many everyday activities and leads to muscle stiffness and tension, back pain, neck cramps, and overall fatigue.
Once established, poor posture can lead to a chain reaction throughout the entire body. It can affect your breathing and digestion and can even have negative impacts on your vascular system.
But there is good news--it is never too late to improve your posture. What exactly is good posture? Try standing and imagining a line that extends from your earlobe, through your shoulder, hip, knee, and into the middle of the ankle. To achieve the correct posture, this line should be straight from top to bottom. When sitting, especially at a computer, you should keep your knees at approximately a 90-degree to 120-degree angle. An angled footrest can support your feet and help you sit more comfortably. The top of your computer screen should be at or below eye level.
Surprisingly, even sleeping or relaxing can cause alignment problems. When purchasing a mattress, look for one that offers selective support, which allows you to press down one area of the mattress, leaving other areas unaffected. Rotate your mattress every few months to ensure even wear. Your pillow should not be so thick that it causes your head and neck to be extended up or angled sharply away from your body. Any chairs or recliners you select should offer both neck and lower back support.
By taking these simple steps towards better posture, you will find that you can eliminate some of the aches and pains of daily life, while enjoying the health benefits that come from better posture. You will also find that you have an increase in energy and alertness during the day. What great reasons to stand up straight.
At West Oaks Apartments in San Antonio, Texas, we believe it’s important to live life vigorously. In order to do so, you must educate yourself regularly with lifestyle-enhancing tips such as these. With this blog post, we seek to improve your way of life through education that promotes self-care.