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Sitting pretty: how good posture can improve your health

By perfecting your posture on Manduka Yoga mats, your body and health could benefit in day-to-day life.

This is the view of Adam Dallison, a registered osteopath and inventor of PosturePlast, who explained that good posture is "using the body as it was intended, within its natural mechanical design".

Not only can excellent posture make you look taller and more assertive, it also has numerous health benefits.

"If we all used our spine correctly, we would not develop lower back pain - it's that simple," he pointed out.

"Ninety per cent of back pain is non-specific or mechanical, for example disc injuries, muscle and ligament pains and strains, and this type of pain only arises from incorrect use, known generally as poor posture."

Mr Dallison said that the body uses more energy to maintain a slouch, which could contribute to the tiredness we feel at the end of the day, as well as the various aches and pains we endure from time to time.

"Even if a lower back injury does occur, maintaining good posture afterwards will allow a faster recovery time as the injury site is not constantly under physical stress. Good spinal posture [also] means you stand taller, slimmer and look more confident. This leads to less internal organ and vascular flow through the stomach area, which can actually increase performance," he added.

By taking quality Yoga mats to stretching classes, you could learn how to hold your spine correctly and boost your breathing capacity by up to 30 per cent, which in turn can give you an energy kick.

Next time you catch yourself slouching at your desk, try raising the front of your ribcage slightly and inhale deeply through your nose. This will give you the ideal position in which to inflate your lungs fully, increasing oxygen flow to the brain and other cells and perking you up while releasing stress with each long breath out through the mouth.

Posted by Freya Harper
 

 
 
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