People favour one side of their body more than the other, whether they realise it or not.
This is true in daily activities, most notably in sports. Because you’re use to use your right hand to shoot the basketball for instance, you will shoot better using this than the left hand.
Problem is, if you spend a lot of time standing on the job or staying long in a position, you might naturally end up leaning or putting much of your weight on one side (especially as your energy begins to wane near the end of the day).
Whatever the reason, this can cause uneven muscle strength. This in turn, can cause other health problems. These include bad posture, which can affect your body in various ways. Further, it takes away strength from the opposing side, making it more susceptible to injury and disease.
Before this happens, better be aware of the effects of uneven strength and bad posture, and how you can combat these conditions, all by implementing changes to your routine.
The Effects of Posture and How to Handle Asymmetry
It’s no secret that a large percentage of those in the workforce these days spend more time sitting behind a computer than moving on their feet.
Meanwhile, a large part of our focus is on mobile devices and various digital screens, leaving us immobile hours at a time. These activities don’t even include the time spent carrying out other daily tasks, such as driving and sitting down for meals.
All of these behaviors add up over time, leading to posture that may not only be unflattering but detrimental to your health.
Improve Your Body and Mind
Poor posture can cause muscle pain, headaches, fatigue and stress. These in turn, can cause sadness.
Some of these bad posture habits include slumping of the back, protraction (forward-leaning) of the head and neck, as well as a rounding out of the shoulders that can all be physically harmful when repeated over time.
Good posture allows your body to function at its prime. It’s important whether you’re sitting, standing, walking, running, or sleeping. Therefore, it’s more than worthwhile to focus on how you treat your body and finding ways to perfect these flaws.
After all, posture can impact how you feel about yourself on a larger scale. Studies have shown that something as simple as improving your posture, with your head held high and shoulders back, can boost your confidence levels and improve your mood.
Other benefits of improved posture include:
– Optimising respiration, circulation and digestion;
– Making it easier to move;
– Keeping your bones and joints in proper alignment;
– Reducing stress on joints;
– Decreasing stress on ligaments;
– Preventing muscle strains and injuries;
– Stabilising your energy and preventing muscle fatigue;
– Maintaining the healthy positioning of your spine;
– Enhancing your physical appearance;
So why not make everyday better, simply by improving your posture and reconfiguring your weight balance?
But note that good posture doesn’t just mean standing up tall.
It also means repositioning your body weight and interchanging control of both sides of your body, not simply relying on your already stronger side.
Many people are naturally stronger on the right side since the body is inherently asymmetrical, with our larger organs being positioned on the right. Problem is, over time, this asymmetry and consistent favoring of the right side can lead to pain, dysfunction and injury from your neck down to your feet.
Muscle imbalances can actually become severe due to this disproportion, so focusing on strengthening both sides is crucial to staying healthy.
Check for asymmetry for yourself by observing your bodily structure in front of a mirror.
Do you notice that one shoulder drops forward more than the other? Does one ankle roll more than its opposite? Can you tell that one pelvic (hip) bone is higher than the other? What’s the noted difference you feel balancing on one foot as opposed to the other?
Answering these questions can help you, and your physician, plot a strategy about how best to improve your alignment and posture over time.
Improving Your Physical Lifestyle, One Step at a Time
There’s no need to stress yourself out. Do away with the thought that to have a healthier body you have to spend a lot of time and that any exercise would disrupt your day. Working to improve your posture and balance your muscle strength doesn’t have to be difficult.
Here are a few helpful steps to maintain your body’s alignment:
– Work to achieve and maintain your prescribed body weight;
– Add more aerobic exercises to your fitness regimen;
– Follow a core-abdominal strengthening and stretching routine;
– Invest in a proper mattress and practice good body positioning for better sleep;
– Sit up straight while sitting, keeping a neutral spine;
– Reduce your sitting time, and move your body every 20-30 minutes;
– Avoid standing in one prone position for too long, and take notice of your stance;
– Reach for objects properly, using only your arms and legs rather than your back;
– Be vigilant when it comes to muscle imbalances, and aim to correct them;
– Wear supportive shoes to prevent muscle strain and help in spine alignment.
A few daily changes can make a world of difference to muscle strength, coordination, balance, and proper posture.
Athletes and office workers alike need to be proactive when it comes to their physical health. Engaging in simple activities that promote bodily improvement can keep you strong, and healthy.
So spend more time carrying out a new routine, incorporating these fresh techniques for a healthier, happier you.