It may sound strange to you, but one of my favorite activities is to focus on sitting position. You want to know why? It gives me the chance to observe and fix my posture. Being a professional dancer I am constantly reminding myself about proper posture. I focus on this whether I’m having lunch with a friend, driving a car or dancing. Proper posture is not only healthy and elegant; it is a way of positive self-expression and presentation. Good posture says a lot about your personality and health and it creates a strong, positive image of you in the mind of others.
What is posture? Posture is simply a position of a person's body when standing, sitting or walking. So what is good posture then? Good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least amount of strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement or weight-bearing activities.
I have been interested in this topic since the day I became serious about dancing and teaching Argentine Tango where good posture is the number one foundation. There are a number of reasons why good posture is important. Especially today as we become a more electronic society with people working 8, 10, 12 hours a day in front of computers and sitting at desks. Today we have more people driving cars with poorly designed seats and more people sitting watching television than in other time in the history of humankind.
I would like to share two main issues with you:
1) Good posture means good health. These days more people are becoming health conscious and trying to eat and sleep right, exercise more and reduce alcohol consumption.
Actually good posture is at the top of the list when speaking of good health. Good posture means your bones are properly aligned and your muscles, joints and ligaments can work as nature intended. It means your vital organs are in the right position and can function at peak efficiency. Good posture helps contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system. Without good posture, your overall health and efficiency may be compromised. A person who has poor posture may often be tired or unable to work efficiently or move properly. Even for younger people, how they carry themselves when working, relaxing or playing can have big effects. Did you know that just fifteen minutes spent reading or typing when using the wrong positions can exhaust the muscles of your neck, shoulders and upper back? The good news is you can fix your posture at any age, it is all under your control.
2) Beautiful posture can boost your confidence and improve your personal image.
Generally speaking, people like to feel confident and good about themselves. We all like positive feedback and compliments. Good posture is a small fix with a significantly positive side on how other people view you and subconsciously form opinions of you. Remember the phrase: "You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression”? Proper and beautiful posture can definitely help you make a memorable impression. Imagine this: a new employee enters an office for the first time with great posture - shoulders down, chin up, long neck yet with a welcoming and warm smile. I am sure everyone would notice him/her and probably get an impression of confidence. Versus, when that same employee has bad posture with rolling shoulders and chin down, he/she would probably be looked upon as an insecure and shy person. Try to observe the posture of people in your office or even on the street, and pay attention to your personal opinions.
For those who want to take control of your posture, I strongly recommend you to start by being aware of your current posture and adjusting it little by little by reminding yourself about the benefits. I believe adding proper and beautiful posture would benefit your state of health, boost your confidence and make your next first impression catchy and memorable.