As you will remember, we have spoken a lot about how to setup your workstation to best support your body, but until now we have only touched on some of the benefits of good posture and why it is so critical. During this post, Axiom Projects, accompanied by our AEP, will outline the importance of posture at work. But first a quick refresher about your sitting posture:
- Hips, knees and ankles at right angles
- Back upright with shoulders back and relaxed
- Elbows at 90 degree angle or greater
- Head and the rest of your spine in the neutral S Shape position, chin not forward
Good posture means your bones are ideally aligned and your muscles, joints and ligaments can work as intended. When you maintain good posture, your internal organs are also in the correct position and are able to function properly, along with your nervous system.
Why you should maintain good posture
- You will be less prone to fatigue, muscle aches, pains and strains if you maintain correct posture at their desk
- By maintaining posture at work, you will be less prone to injury in other areas of your life, eg) sport and recreational activities
- Less risk of bone and joint degeneration as you age, ensuring enhanced quality of life for longer
- Maintaining posture can maximise basal energy expenditure, which can in part aid weight loss. How I hear you asking?
- The human body is a very efficient structure, however when you offer it shortcuts, it can also become a lazy structure
- When one muscle group is switched off, resulting in poor or slackened posture, than those muscles are not expending the optimal amount of energy. This in turn can affect the body’s overall energy expenditure and thus weight.
- For example: Your trapezius & serratus anterior are inactive when the shoulders are not back and pulled down as they should be. If these muscles are inactive, they are not burning any energy within your body, reducing your overall daily expenditure