Do you feel uncomfortable to sit with your back straight on a chair? Do you find difficulty in bending your hips to touch your feet with your hands? If yes, then your body posture is not right, and you are in trouble of developing belly fat and a larger hips sooner or later.
Poor posture develops gradually and often without you noticing. This type of bad posture interferes with everyday tasks and causes pain. Simple changes in posture can be beneficial and these can be incorporated into everyday activities as well.
Office goers and businessmen generally have desk jobs these days. Majority of their day is spent sitting in a chair at a desk with little to no movement. Another problem is that with the rise of technology and on-screen communications, most of the time people are staring into this light box the whole day straining their eyes as well as the entire body.
Bending over a desk or screen for a prolonged period of time causes the backbone to bend and leads to back pain and other such sores and ailments. People have become so used to having a bad posture that many do not even realise that the way their body naturally rests is wrong and can hamper it in the future.
Causes Of Bad Posture
With growing age, slouching and physical inactivity increase. Your muscle weakens and you hardly are able to perform extensive workouts or the daily routine. This increases your muscle tension and fatigue leading to bad posture.
There are several complications that emerge out of bad posture; some being back pain, spinal dysfunction, joint degeneration, rounded shoulders and a potbelly.
Why do you think your body ends up in a bad posture?
Here are some prominent reasons:
- Your Job: We are not saying all types of jobs. To be more specific, we are talking about desk jobs. Suppose you are in a job that requires you to stare at a desktop for more than 9 hours; hardly taking any breaks in between, then your body is at risk. You do not know if the chair is right for your body posture nor your desk setup.
- Habit: This is very difficult to overcome. If you are already accustomed to a certain body posture (which is actually a bad posture), it is extremely difficult to change that. You might even face a lot of discomfort initially.
- Body Weight: Weight matters a lot when it comes to body posture. If you have that extra weight on your abdominal area, it might add stress on your lower back causing pain in your spines. In the same way, in a woman with a larger breast, the extra weight can pull her forward, bending her shoulders.
- Carrying Heavy Bags: Heavy bags are not just for school going kids, it is even common for adults carrying their laptops and belongings to offices. While strapping them over both the shoulders is a right way to carry heavy bags, some find it fashionable to carry it on one shoulder alone. This not only strains your neck but also leads to lower back pain and muscle spasms.
- Clothing: We all want to look like the way the trends are set, be it comfortable or uncomfortable clothing. All the tight clothing, bad cloth materials, high heels, tight shoes up to the knees; everything leads to back pain and several issues.
- Poor Nutrition: This can affect your muscle and bone strength; reducing your body strength and immunity. Poor nutrition is quite common among youngsters due to the increase in the growth of fast food options.
Does Bad Posture Induce Belly Fat And big Hips?
Due to constant sitting in a single position for prolonged periods of time, the body might adapt and, in a sense, get deformed to have a larger hip. This is so that the pelvic bones and muscles can support the weight of the upper body efficiently.
Also, due to sitting all the time and being devoid of physical movement, fat can get accumulated in the abdominal region. This leads to overweight and dull reflexes and muscle strength.
Luckily, one can reduce the amount of fat in the bellies and also work towards reducing their hip size by simply correcting their posture.
Why should you maintain a right posture?
The entire ideology of maintaining a right posture is for your body to function properly. Yes! If you are standing or sitting or even lie in a poor posture, then the muscles, joints and the ligaments are strained; causing pain in the back, neck and shoulder.
If you have the right posture, then your body uses less energy. Your core muscle in the abdomen works efficiently. You can perform several physical activities in ease. You can move your limbs and hips more flexibly.
Having a good posture can be like you are saving your energy for more intensive physical activity. You also start feeling good because of all the work that you can do easily. You also gain more energy for your brains to function.
A good posture can help reduce muscle weakness and also the pain. This also reduces causes of tremor, spasticity, tremor and spasms.
4 Ways to Correct Posture
There are many ways to correct one’s posture depending on the aspect of their body they wish to change and alter for the better.
For those who wish to prevent belly fat and big hips or reduce them, here are four simple ways to correct your posture:
1. Improve your standing posture:
A good way to prevent belly fat and big hips is to have a proper upright standing posture.
The basic way to have a correct standing posture is to make sure that your chin is level with the floor, your shoulders should be back, and your stomach should be in.
This will keep your stomach from hanging out if you have a fat belly and as you go about your daily routine, you will be able to slowly lose fat in the process.
You can use a wall to teach yourself the correct way to stand. By standing against a wall and making sure the back of your head, shoulders and butt touch the wall with your arms naturally at your side,
You can get a grip of a correct posture that will help you prevent belly fat and big hips. This is the ideal posture to maintain as you go about your regular activities.
2. Improve sitting posture:
Having a good posture while sitting is highly beneficial for those who wish to make their large hips and fat bellies less prominent and overall reduce them in time.
Keep your thighs at a 90-degree angle to your calves and shin. Shoulders should be straight and square with your head upright. Also, your head back and heel should be all aligned.
Your feet should be flat on the floor. It is advisable to not cross your legs or ankles as you remain seated. Those who might find this a little tiresome or difficult may use the assistance of a supportive chair in order to maintain a good and proper posture.
3. Proper sleeping posture:
Although, it does not matter how or in which manner you sleep, having some pillows to provide you with support is always advantageous in order to maintain a proper position.
If you are sleeping on your back with your face facing the ceiling, then one pillow under your head and one under your knees will help you achieve a proper sleeping position as you get a good night’s sleep.
This will help keep your stomach in as you will be able to feel the weight of your stomach pushing in. These help in speeding up the process of burning fat and ultimately lose weight.
4. Exercising posture:
You might think that in exercise how one can maintain a good posture. In actuality, exercise not only helps you lose weight and belly fat but also assist in the resizing of the hip if the way it is carried out is optimal and beneficial.
You can perform various simple exercises like abdominal stretching to lose abdominal fat and strengthen your core muscles.
Some simple exercises are, lie on your back with your legs bent at a right angle at your knees and your feet flat on the floor. Then try to push up your waist using your hips and pushing down on your feet till your bellybutton rises up towards your chest.
Hold this position for about ten seconds and again fall back on the floor. Repeat this couple of times each day alongside your other exercise regimes and you will be able to see results in a matter of weeks.
These are some of the many exercises and practices you can do to correct your posture in order to prevent belly fat and big hips.
With these ways if you are able to consciously maintain a right posture throughout the day for a prolonged period of time, you will notice that with time it will become a habit for you without the need for conscious monitoring.
Also, at this point, your hip size would have become smaller and more natural and your belly fat would also have reduced quite a bit. Once this happens you will realise that your posture is now corrected, and it is the best way to carry your body.
Make sure to observe your methods on correcting posture timely. If any of the suggestions does not seem to work for you or if this worsens your symptoms, then you should stop continuing and also consult a therapist.