Good Posture: Are You Sitting Right?
What is good posture? Through my career as a physical therapist, I have realized that the public opinion of “a good posture” is a little different from the medical point of view. Over-straightening your spine or expanding your shoulders might make your posture look nice, but it requires more energy and applies stress on your body.
The good posture has bones steadily stacked like blocks, requiring no unnecessary energy to hold the body up. The muscles and ligaments are relaxed and loose. On the other hand, bad postures refer to unsteady blocks stacked up. Muscles and bones must work extra hard to keep them together.
Let’s discuss how you can maintain a true good posture while sitting. First, flex your one knee to 90 degrees and touch the floor with the back of your foot. Then, the other foot goes under or next to the chair, only the toe touching the floor.
This posture keeps your pelvis and spine in line, supporting the body without stress. Please try to see if you can feel your sit bones position.
Many people apply weight on the hip area behind sit bones. But for the right posture, you feel more weight distributed in front of these bones.
If you get tired, exchange the legs. If your upper body is relaxed without your back curving, then you got the right posture.
It takes an effort to keep the right posture for over half an hour. Let’s start from getting in the position whenever you remember. The goal is to make a habit of sitting right!