What Does Good Posture Really Mean?
No doubt you have been admonished to “stand up straight” at some point in your growing up or even now. Some people think this means to look like a soldier or like there is a broom down your back. It is possible that you have no idea what good posture looks like because you have not been told. There is no shame in not knowing. I am going to give you a quick run down on why posture is so important and how to stand correctly.
Standing with correct body alignment helps your body to function properly.
• Stand with your weight evenly distributed throughout both of your feet. Do not lean forward so that your weight is shifted toward your toes.
• Your feet are placed hip distance apart.
• Your ankles, knees, and hip joints are in a straight line.
• Never lock your knees; keep them slightly bent so that your muscles are supporting the knee joints.
• Your hip joints should be in line with your knees and ankles, not thrust out forward or back. Do not rest on one hip or the other or poke the hip out to one side.
• Moving up the body, there is a slight curve in your lower back. You may need to pull in your stomach muscles and tuck your tail bone under a little to support this area.
• Your stomach muscles should be lightly engaged.
• The shoulder joints are also in line with your hips, knees, and ankles.
• Pull your shoulders up to your ears then roll them back and drop them into a relaxed position.
• Your middle fingers should point through the line of your knee joints and ankles.
• Take your hand and press back on your nose moving your head back so that your ears are in line with your shoulders.
• Keep your head level; your chin parallel with the ground, not jutting out in front or pulled in to your chest.
• Now relax into this shape, feeling the space you have created.
I understand that people do not usually stand in one spot for long periods. It is important to practice correct posture whenever you have a chance because it will actually help strengthen your body. When exercising, being conscious of this basic alignment will help you make the exercise moves correctly and with correct form that will support your body and protect you from injury.
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Mel Scott Founder and President