Common Misconceptions About Bad Posture

We all know that bad posture doesn’t just look awkward, it can cause long term damage to the spine and severe pain to several body parts as well. But how do we know which information about this condition is true and which isn’t?  

Based on consultations with experts, we’ve sorted out some false ideas when it comes to your posture. 

1. MYTH : Bad posture only affects your spine, neck, shoulders and lower back. 

If your spine is not aligned properly, it can affect your ability to breathe well. This is important because the body needs oxygen to restore and rejuvenate the cells. Breathing properly promotes a healthy brain, heart, lungs and other vital organs.

2. MYTH : Sitting perfectly straight is good for your posture.

Most people think that excellent posture involves sitting up super straight, with your chest out and your chin up. But actually, the best posture is when your upper body (not just your head and neck)  is leaning 10 to 20 degrees forward instead of just straight. 

3. MYTH : There is only good and bad posture. 

Constantly remaining in only one posture (even if it is good) prevents you from using your body’s full range of motion.You should keep moving and change positions often Think of your posture as efficient, allowing you to move spontaneously in any direction. 

4. MYTH : Good posture takes work.

Achieving good posture should take less effort. It should be a result of a natural,  fluid, conscious movement rather than a determined, strenuous attempt. Being able to sit comfortably shouldn’t be difficult. Just find the position where your head is supported by your trunk.  

4. MYTH : You need to sit still.

Instead of trying to maintain the proper posture the entire time you are seated, you should move around more. Good posture is dynamic. If involves all sorts of movements from sitting to lifting to running. If you sit still for long periods, your body becomes rigid. 

It’s important to remember that your posture can still be corrected. Be more aware of your movements. Do stretches that loosen up your muscles and start practicing good posture habits. Or you can also use a body posture corrector that relies on muscle memory to help you retain your good posture.