Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement or weight-bearing activities.
No one has a perfect posture (even the instructors here!). Those only exists in medical books as a hypothesis. Everyone has a slight deformity on their posture and some may have it more severe than others.
Correcting your posture may feel awkward at first because your body has become so used to sitting and standing in a particular way, meaning you probably haven’t been using the correct muscle. Thus, those muscles become weak and dormant.
When one side of the opposing muscles is stronger than the other, you have a muscle imbalance. For instance, if you regularly use the muscles on one side a lot more than the other, they get stronger muscles – and shorter and tighter. On the other side, the muscles get weaker – and longer and looser.
Muscle imbalances may be both the cause and the result of poor posture. For example, because you have a habit of having your weight on your right feet, the muscles on your right leg may be stronger then the left. But, it can also be the opposite. Because your right side muscle is stronger than the left, your body is more comfortable in putting all the weight on the right side, creating a habit which in time create the posture.
Here are some of the common posture mistakes:
Remember what we said in the beginning. No one has a perfect posture. But we try our best to correct the alignment to prevent injuries and unnecessary pain in the future. That’s why knowing and understanding your posture is very important. As it creates an awareness of your own body. So when you realize you’ve been standing with your weight on one feet, you can immediately switch your balance to both feet!