Good posture (think military cadet or ballet dancer), is fundamentally important to our health, wellness and success.
- It conveys confidence, fitness and gracefulness to others as we move through the world meeting new people, interviewing for jobs, etc.
- It decreases the tension in our necks and upper trapezius (upper shoulder) muscles and in the nerves that leave our necks and travel down our arms.
- It helps to maintain the normal spine curvatures and opens our chests to improve breathing.
How do we improve our posture?
- Reduce the amount of time spent staring at our smartphones held up against our chests or stomachs.
- Do postural retraining exercises such as upright rowing, planks, or pushups.
- Look at our posture, not our faces in the mirror and try to look more like a ballet dancer.
- Always carry our backpacks with both straps on, the straps helping pull our shoulders back into a better position (but carry TOO much weight).
With these and many other simple actions, you can look and feel much better!