The Importance of Healthy Posture on Your Body


We all know that a good posture is vital for health. Poor posture is easily recognizable, and it forms because of bad habits continued for many years. In fact, it is quite evident in adults. However, only a few people know why having a good posture is necessary for better health.

What exactly is posture?

Posture is basically the position in which our body is while we stand, sit, or lie down. A good posture involves the right alignment of the body parts supported by sufficient muscle tension. Without having the right posture as well as the supporting muscles to control posture, we would fall to the ground.  

Importance of good posture

A good posture assists in standing, walking, sitting, and lying in such positions that put the least strain on the supporting ligaments and muscles during movement. Correct posture does the following functions:

  • It helps you to keep the joints and the bones in the correct alignment so that the muscles are used in the correct manner. This decreases the wearing down of joint surfaces that often lead to joint pain and degenerative arthritis. 
  • It eliminates the amount of stress that is put on the ligaments that hold the spinal joints together. As a result, the chance of injury decreases. 
  • Helps to the muscles to become efficient. This allows the prevention of muscle fatigue. 
  • Helps in the prevention of back pain, muscular pain, and muscle strain.

To have the proper posture, you must have sufficient muscle strength and flexibility, joint motion especially in the spine, and balanced postural muscles on both the sides. Moreover, you need to start noticing your postural habits at work and home and then work on correcting them if required. 

Consequences of having a poor posture

If you have a poor posture, then this can cause excessive strain on the postural muscles. It might even cause the muscles to relax if they are held in a particular position for long periods. For instance, it is quite visible in those who tend to bend forward for a long time at work. Consequently, these people are more susceptible to back pain and injury.

Numerous factors lead to a poor posture including pregnancy, stress, high-heeled shoes, obesity, poor postural muscles, and tight muscles. Moreover, a bad work environment, a wrong working posture, decreased flexibility, and unhealthy standing and sitting habits lead to poor posture.