Have you ever wondered if the latest health trend is beneficial or bogus? How do you know what is real and can help you look and feel your best without wasting time or energy on an old wife’s tale? Posture is popping up in the news everywhere lately—and it’s no wonder! We spend 8+ hours sitting at a desk while hunched over our computers all day.
As we learn more and more about sitting and the toll it’s taking on our bodies, it’s important to weed through the clutter and figure out the facts behind good posture.
Here are a few recent myths about posture and the facts that dispel them:
Myth: Posture and bladder woes are not connected.
Fact: Good posture and core strength address pelvis floor disorders such as muscle weakness, incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Even more—you can actually improve the quality and intensity of your orgasms by strengthening your pelvic floor!
Myth: Crossing my legs while sitting will give me varicose veins.
Fact: You might not get an increase in varicose veins from crossing your legs, but the practice still results in plenty of negative consequences. Your legs experience a lot of pressure when you cross one over the other which may lead to those oh-so-dreaded spider veins (when your vein systems are closer to the surface to the skin, they will show up more prominently). Another common side effect? Low back pain.
Myth: Bad posture leads to health issues like scoliosis.
Fact: There is no known link between posture and scoliosis, yet research has tied good posture to a host of other benefits—including improved memory and confidence, more energy, better circulation and lower blood pressure. Moreover, proper alignment helps your skeleton support your body mass as it is intended to do.
Myth: Posture doesn’t matter when I sleep, just when I’m sitting or standing.
Fact: Most everyone knows that good posture is important, but good posture doesn’t apply just to sitting and standing. Your body is in the restorative state when you sleep allowing your back’s muscles and ligaments to relax and heal themselves. In order to protect your back, a good pillow is important while sleeping. Unfortunately fill pillows are often not supportive enough and foam pillows are too dense. The BackJoy SleepSound Pillow is constructed of memory foam and down fill in a patented layered system to support your head and neck.
Myth: I’ve slumped for years. The damage is done so I’ll never have good posture again.
Fact: Studies reveal that even people in their 80s and 90s can improve their posture, giving them more mobility, independence, health and quality of life. Remember—good posture means you are using muscles you may not have engaged in some time so ease yourself into it and know that you might feel a little muscle soreness the first few days of sitting or standing with proper posture.