Good posture

What is good posture?
Good posture is important whether sitting or
standing.
Good posture means that the key parts of a
person’s body are correctly aligned and
supported by the right amount of muscle
tension.
Correct posture can help by:
reducing strain on the body during movemen
and exercise
reducing wear and tear on the joints, muscle
and ligaments
maintaining balance while moving and
exercising
reducing the risk of muscle strain and overu
conditions
improving spine health

Best sitting position
The best sitting position depends on a person’s
height, the chair they are using, and the activity
they are doing while sitting.
A person can improve posture and achieve a
proper sitting position by:
keeping feet flat or rest them on either the
floor or a footrest
avoiding crossing knees or ankles
maintaining a small gap between the back of
the knees and the chair
positioning knees at the same height or slig
lower than the hips
placing ankles in front of the knees
relaxing the shoulders
keeping the forearms and knees parallel to t
floor where possible
holding elbows at the sides creating an L-
shape in the arms
sitting up straight and looking forward witho
straining the neck
keeping the back against the chair, or using
backrest or cushion if there are places wher
the back does not comfortably meet the cha
especially in the lower back region
avoiding sitting for long periods at a time,
ideally taking at least a 10-minute break for
every hour of sitting