Children rarely think about their posture. Teenagers tend to think slouching around with terrible posture is cool. Posture is always important, but becomes even more important when we become adults and take sedentary jobs. How important is it? It is as important as eating right, getting regular exercise and sleeping well, but even adults who are mindful of their health in most ways often overlook the importance of good posture.
Why Good Posture is Important
Good posture basically means aligning your body so that it works most efficiently. When you stand or sit with good posture, you place less strain on your bones, joints and ligaments. This reduces fatigue and reduces the risk of injury due to Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). For example, sedentary jobs are responsible for a variety of back and neck problems, including chronic pain and even sciatica.
While many desk workers become aware of minor pains associated with their jobs, they are not always aware that poor posture also negatively affects the digestive system, waste elimination and breathing. Given that many of us spend far more time seated than standing or engaging in physical activity, poor seated posture has serious health implications.
How to Correct Your Posture
Two articles on the PWC website are essential reading for anyone who works at a desk or work station. The first one, Optimal Chair Setup, tells you everything you need to know about buying and setting up an office chair.
A truly ergonomically designed chair should be fully adjustable, to suit persons of different proportions. Just buying the chair is not enough. Read the article to find out exactly how to set up your chair for best posture. You will notice the difference immediately and if you continue checking and correcting your posture throughout the day, you will soon discover that correct posture is more comfortable than poor posture. Over time, your improved posture will improve your health and probably your performance at work, too.
The second article, Workstation Ergonomics, goes into more detail about setting up your entire workstation. Many people who work at a computer terminal all day make common mistakes that can lead to big problems. Do you raise your keyboard at the back, for example? This common practice puts strain on your wrists. Try working with a flat keyboard and you will notice the difference.
Posture is an important part of the holistic lifestyle. Improve your posture at work and you will notice the difference to your energy level, general health and outlook on life.