Let’s say your friend, Lucy walks up to you and says you have bad posture and you need to improve it. You may become offended by this but then realize that she is telling the truth. You have been slacking a bit on your posture. You ask her on how you can improve your posture and why it matters so much. This may not happen in real life but this scenario shows what we will be focusing on in this article. Things that we will be discussing are what is bad posture, how you can improve your posture and what are the harmful effects of bad posture.
Some Background Information about Bad Posture
There are many ways people may get to poor posture. The people may have been in an accident, gotten injured or fallen from a certain height, directly or indirectly injuring their back. They may have bad sleep support or have careless sitting, standing and sleeping habits. Most of all, you could have poorly designed work space. Overall, if you have an bad posture habits, you should try everything you can so that you can stop do those habits because it could affect you negatively in the future.
Backaches and Muscular Pain
It is good to keep good posture to prevent backaches and muscular pain in the future. According to www.masschiro.org, “More than 80% of the neck and back problems are the result of tight, achy muscles brought on by years of bad posture.” The bad posture is the reason why some people have really bad back pains. Some people, my own father included, have to go to the hospital to get back surgery to try to reduce this horrid back pain because it was “killing” them! All in all, bad posture for long periods of time will cause really bad backaches and muscular pains in the future, if not treated.
Keeping Your Good Appearance
Bad posture also makes your appearance not look very good. I conducted an experiment in my class, in which I showed them some pictures of people with bad body posture. They laughed at the pictures because their physical appearance was quite humorous. In one of the pictures, the person had their chest inclined forward and their bottom stooping the other way. Another one had a person whose head was swayed very far back, making them look like a stereotypical army man. The bad body posture really affects the person’s appearance and their social life.
What Can You Do?
If you want to help with this problem, all you have to do is join the club and use good body posture! You can do this by sitting or standing up straight (no slouching!) with your knees slightly bent without crossing your legs because that can cause damage to your ankles! You can also tell your friends about this like Lucy did in the scenario in the first paragraph. Spread the good news! If you want to know more about this you can ask your local doctor questions about this topic. There is so much you can do to help!
Bad posture is really bad for you in many ways. It can cause your appearance to look bad, making other people judge you more. Also it cause you physical pain, such as, backaches and muscular pain which can lead you to the hospital! Ways to prevent bad posture is to make your work space more comfortable for you to have good body posture. For example, if you have a computer that you like to work on, you may want the screen elevated to that you can keep a straight back. You can also make sure that your posture is good by not slouching! All in all, you should try to not get in a habit that will make you have bad posture because in the end, bad posture could kill you!