Do you want to instantly look taller, slimmer and more confident in seconds? Stand up straight. Posture has a major impact on how you project yourself, not only in physical appearance but the health benefits as well. When you slouch forward with bad posture you're subjecting yourself to a plethora of potential injuries, as well as a portrayal of lacking self-confidence and self-esteem. Using good posture will help you feel better about yourself, and improve how other people view you. Another benefit is increasing your airflow. When you stand up straight it allows the chest to open up and circulate more air through the body. By increasing the airflow, you'll find your energy level enhanced with less muscles fatigue. So how do you get good posture? Know the correct anatomical alignment for your body.
- When viewed from the front shoulders and hips should be level.
- Viewed from the back, the spine should be vertical.
- Ears should be directly over the shoulders, the shoulders over the hips, hips over the knees, and knees are over the ankles.
The next time you go to the gym or look in the mirror, check your posture. Is there anything that you can correct and work on? The more you become aware of your body's alignment, the easier it will be to maintain your correct position. Be more conscious of your posture in your daily activities and over time, you'll see and feel a difference while reversing the impending effect that gravity can have on your body.
AUTHOR: Elise Gulan
img source: photographer: Jeanloup Sieff