Good Posture How Important Is It?

20/07/2011 By Den
Posture is as important as eating right, exercising and getting a good night’s sleep.
Good posture helps contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system.
The good news is that most everyone can avoid the problems caused by bad posture…and you can make improvements at any age.
Without good posture, your overall health and total efficiency may be compromised. The long-term effects of poor posture can affect bodily systems such as digestion, elimination, breathing, muscles, joints and ligaments.
Even for younger people, how you carry yourself when working, relaxing or playing can have big effects. Did you know that just fifteen minutes reading or typing when using the wrong positions exhausts the muscles of your neck, shoulders and upper back and can lead to neck and back pain?
Often, poor posture develops because of accidents or falls. But bad posture can also develop from environmental factors or bad habits.  
Today, posture-related problems are increasing as we are becoming a society that watches more TV than any previous generation, more people working at desk jobs or sitting in front of a computer, more cars are crowding our roads, resulting in accidents and injuries and we drive in cars with poorly designed seats.
In most cases, poor posture results from a combination of several factors, which can include:
1. Accidents, injuries and falls
2. Poor sleep support (mattress)
3. Excessive weight
4. Visual or emotional difficulties
5. Foot problems or improper shoes
6. Weak muscles, muscle imbalance
7. Careless sitting, standing, sleeping habits
8. Negative self image
9. Occupational stress
10. Poorly designed work space
What are you going to do about it?