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Straighten It Up: Maintaining Good Posture


By: Sarah Hussey
HEALTH COLUMNIST

image1Benedictine University’s Health Services Department hosted an event in Krasa ABC called Proper Posture. The event focused on why being comfortable can lead to discomfort, visual signs of poor posture and helping students and faculty improve their posture with stretching and other various exercises. Realizing how important posture is for health, it is vital that not only college students, but also everyone should know the essentials of a proper posture.

Good posture helps prevent injuries and allows us to make the best use of our muscles, thus giving us more energy to work with throughout the day. Bad posture can lead to pain and strains within our muscles, particularly in the back. Sitting poorly all day at work or school, for example, can lead to muscle imbalances over time and can lead to chronic pain later in life. According to the American Chiropractic Association and Clevelandclinic.org, below for some tips on how to maintain good posture.

STAND UP: Bend your knees slightly, and stand up straight. Pull your shoulders back. Tuck in your stomach. Put most of your weigh on the balls of your feet. Let your arms hang at your sides.

SIT DOWN: Avoid crossing your legs. Keep your knees at or below hip level. Keep shoulders relaxed. Put your feet on the floor if possible. Leave space between the front of your seat and back of your knees.

SLEEP: Do not sleep on your stomach. Select a comfortable mattress. When getting up, turn to the side first. Sleeping with a pillow between your legs, if sleeping on your side, can help back pain. Sleeping with a pillow under your knees if sleeping on your back can help back pain.