Your posture and your health. Getting real on the what, why and how.

How and why we sit, stand and walk the way we do is multifaceted. Nature and nurture both play their roles. So what does your posture, the way you face the world, tell you, about you?

massage at work to improve posture
Fear not, this is unrealistic for most of us. pic: Kosal Ley

Your posture says much you.

In fact, research reveals your posture is directly related to your personality. Posture can be shaped by your self-esteem, daily behaviours and body strength.

What kind of posture do you have?

Good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting you.

Although it is important to have ‘good’ posture, many of us don’t do anything to improve it. In many cases this can be due to lack of self-awareness.

We may not notice our backs starting to hunch from long hours at the computer or our hips becoming imbalanced from wearing unsupportive shoes and not going barefoot often enough to help strengthen our feet and the supportive soft tissue around our joints.

Having good posture is more than your appearance.

Over time poor posture can lead to:

Musculoskeletal injuries
Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain
Digestion problems
Nerve compression
Carpal tunnel syndrome/occupational overuse syndrome

It’s not all gloom and doom. With a little effort, you can change your posture for the better and feel amazing at the same time! You simply have to want it.

How can we improve our posture?
Become more self-aware

Identifying good posture and comparing it to your current habits is the first step to fixing any imperfections you may have. The Power of Posture demonstrates what good posture looks like; it also displays poor posture habits that are commonly seen.

Practice healthy sitting

Use ergonomic principles to optimise your sitting posture. If you are sitting for long periods, remember to stand and stretch frequently. (6 min amazing TedX talk)

Protect your spine when catching zzz’s

We spend about a third of our life sleeping so it is important we protect our spine. Cleveland Clinic has tips on best for you sleeping posture, pillow placement and more.

Strengthen muscles that maintain posture

You can improve your posture significantly (and simply feel amazing! We can vouch for this!) by doing exercises that focus on strength training. Body weight exercise, the use of resistance bands and basic weight training can significantly improve back strength and posture. Do not overlook the power of this in correcting imbalances in your body. It works.

Walk it

Walking may seem like common sense however there are different techniques you can use to improve your posture health. (3 min video)