Your holiday is just around the corner, you haven’t quite lost the last few pounds and you’re starting to feel anxious about putting on that swimwear. Stop giving yourself a hard time, getting away to relax is so important to our wellbeing.
Anyway, what if we told you there was a simple way to look slimmer and feel more confident? Well, there is and it’s all about posture.
Good posture is essential for avoiding neck and back pain, helps to reduce stress and does wonders for your appearance. By pulling your shoulders back and allowing them to drop slightly into their natural position – yes not hunched up around your ears – will improve the way you look and feel.
There are both great physical and wellbeing benefits to standing tall.
Correct posture improves your breathing as your lungs can fill the space, which helps to improve oxygen and blood flow around the body. This in turn enables your organs to work as they should without additional pressure.
When we stand, sit and are lying down correctly it reduces wear on joint surfaces helping to keep arthritis at bay. It also reduces stress on ligaments – all good news to help prevent future problems as we age.
Proper breathing and clear airways help to reduce stress, anxiety and generally help us to feel more in control. In addition, it helps to increase concentration and thinking ability because our brain is getting the oxygen it needs to function.
You might be surprised by the difference in how you feel by simply improving your posture. By standing correctly you will be a little taller and feel more confident. You will naturally draw your tummy in and look slimmer.
What is a good posture
Firstly, it’s not about keeping poker straight, as this you would feel quite tiring and probably cause back and neck pain. When you are in the right position it should feel natural, although it might take a little practice if you have developed bad habits.
NHS Choices website offers some excellent help and advice on how to fix common posture mistakes and well worth a visit.