Are you a curious person? Do you seek knowledge and have the inquisitiveness to learn something new or relearn something old? This curiousness may take you out of your normal habits and patterns, it keeps you moving forward and evolving in uncertainty.
Curious how much the human head weighs? It is 10-12 pounds (the brain weighs around three pounds). When your head slightly shifts forward while sitting, that ramps up an enormous amount of stress on your spine especially at your neck and middle back. For every inch your head shifts forward, it adds 10 pounds of weight to your head and your muscles have to work even harder to hold you out of alignment, and therefore overtime you actually fatigue faster.
Slouching aka forward head posture in physical therapy lingo leads to neck problems, shoulder issues and breathing challenges… Who wants a 20 pound watermelon hanging around their neck? Not me!
Having good posture has many benefits, some that might even surprise you. For example, you look younger! One of my patients is 83 years old and he appears 70 because he has stellar, impeccable posture.
There’s more; you appear taller and more confident, lower back pain decreases, oxygen consumption increases, digestion enhances, and TMJ/jaw pain decreases.
Simple tips for good sitting posture:
1. Hip and knee joint at 90 degrees
2. Feet flat on the floor
3. Center over sitting bones, the knobby points at the base of the pelvis that meets the chair have equal weight distribution side to side and forward to backwards
4. Preserve your curves, slide your hand at the space at your low back and chair, so the curve isn’t flat or too arched
5. Shoulders are relaxed down away from your ears and in a vertical line with your hips
6. Lift your chest and gently bring your head slightly back
7. It’s a PRACTICE, it’s a habit and takes time to develop good posture
I feel younger just reading this! ☺
Practice good posture all the time, sitting and standing. It’s about having the awareness to arrange your bones properly so your muscles work efficiently to support you. Where does curiosity lead you… Take something as simple as posture, that is a vital component to your well-being whether you are a athlete, or desk jockey. Good posture is at the top of the list along with eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep.
Stay Curious and Stand Tall,
Photo/Video Credit: Micaela Malmi Photography