What does good posture have to do with Healthy Survivorship?
Compared to healthy nutrition and exercise, we don't give healthy posture near the attention or respect it deserves. Poor posture can contribute to a variety of short-term problems, such as neck/back pain, as well as impaired breathing and digestion due to being squished. Poor posture can lead to longer-term problems, too, such as arthritis in chronically misaligned joints.
Posture may play a role in mood. According to a small study published in A Health Psychology, slumped and upright postures affect stress responses. "Sitting upright may...help build resilience to stress."
A marvelous little book woke me up to the importance of posture: Good Posture Made Easy, by Carrie Mayes. The philosophy behind this 40-page softcover is that proper alignment of your spine through proper posture can improve your health by avoiding the pains and increased work associated with poor posture.
Written in a folksy and compassionate voice, the 8 short chapters offer logical explanations and practical tips. This book hit that sweet spot for me. It both convinced me that proper posture matters and motivated me to make quite a few changes in my life. I've already benefited from changing my pillow, my set-up at my writing station, and how I sit on chairs/sofas.
Healthy Survivors take a holistic approach to health, paying attention to ALL the factors that contribute to good care. Awareness of posture issues can lead to simple changes that help you live.