Standing is part of our everyday life. However, many people are not standing the right way. Are you standing properly?
The correct way to stand:
- Hold your head up straight
- Keep your shoulders back
- Your ears should be in line with your shoulders
- Pull in your abdomen
- Your feet should be about hip distance apart
- Keep your knees straight
Try not to lean on one leg while standing, as this can cause stress on your hips and place pressure on your lower back. To improve your posture, evenly distribute your weight on both legs.
Lifting objects can also put strain on your back and affect your posture. If you have to lift objects then make sure that your feet are firm on the ground, you bend your knees and use your legs to lift the object. Once you have picked up the object then come back to a standing position and avoid holding the object above your waist.
Having good posture while you are standing not only makes you look taller and more confident but it also has health benefits as it boosts air flow to lungs, allowing you to breath deeply and feel more energised. Standing up and having good posture has also been linked to better brain and memory performance. It generates positive thinking and improves your mood and overall confidence.
Cleveland Clinic, 2016. ‘How To Improve Posture For A Healthy Back – Good Posture’. Cleveland Clinic. <http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic_Posture_for_a_Healthy_Back>