What is good posture?
Posture is the position in which you hold your body and limbs when standing, sitting or lying down.
To have good posture means that you need to be aware of always holding yourself in a way that puts the least strain on your back, whatever you are doing.
Having good posture means that:
|your bones and joints are in line so that muscles can be used properly
|your spine has its three normal curves
|ligaments holding the spine together are not being stressed
|you don’t get tired as quickly
|you don’t get pain in your back or other muscles
|you look good!
To have good posture, you will need:
|strong, flexible muscles, especially each side of the spine
|well balanced muscles, not overdeveloped on one side
|to be able to move freely
|to be aware of your posture and work to improve it.
Regular exercise like running, walking, cycling and playing different sports will help to keep your back strong.
How to teach your children to have good posture
Teaching Good Posture
1. Teach by example. The best way to show children how to have good is to demonstrate as much yourself. Children, especially very young children, tend to learn best by observation.
2. Praise your child. Children need positive reinforcement and tend to learn better through praise than criticism. Do not merely tell your child to “sit up straight” when she is slouching. Praise her when she keeps her back straight as well. Tell your child how grown up and tall she looks when she’s sitting up straight, for example. This will give her motivation to work on good posture as she’ll engage in behaviors that gain her praise from adults.
3. Explain why good posture is important. Children might not be willing to follow instructions if they don’t see the benefit. Talk to your kids about why good posture can help in the long run.
- Abnormal bone growth can result from long-term improper posture. Poor posture can result in disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome and spinal abnormalities, which can cause pain of the joints and limited mobility later on in life.
- Your breathing improves with better posture, which can increase your energy and ability to concentrate as your brain needs oxygen to work.
- Good posture can also improve self image. People who slouch less tend to feel better about themselves as standing tall and straight promotes confidence.
4. Use visuals. Children, especially very young children, thrive on the presence of visuals in order to learn. Use pictures and images to teach your child about posture.
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