Stand Taller, Feel Better: How to Improve Your Posture

Good posture is essential to good health.

You may not think about it regularly, but posture is something affects your life every day. Without posture and the muscles that support it (like your back and hamstring muscles), we would just succumb to gravity and fall into a heap on the floor.

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Why Do I Need Good Posture?

Good posture comes with a host of health benefits. A few of these benefits include:

  • Reduced shoulder and back pain

  • Fewer headaches

  • Improved breath and blood circulation

  • Stronger core

  • Better form in your workouts

  • Looking taller

If that’s not enough to convince you, we can talk about consequences of poor posture. Poor posture can result in strained muscles, back pain, and decreased flexibility—all things that can make your life more difficult than it has to be.

How to Improve Your Posture

Posture is something that becomes a habit over time, so it is essential to take the time to unlearn your bad habits. Being mindful of your current posture and consciously practicing proper posture will help you live a healthier life.

Here are ways to improve your posture, from the American Chiropractic Association:

  1. When sitting, avoid crossing your legs, and instead keep your feet flat on the floor.

  2. Avoid sitting in the same position for extended periods of time.

  3. When standing, keep your knees slightly bent, your feet shoulder-width apart, and your arms at your side.

  4. Your head should be in line with your back, so an easy way to think about this is to keep your earlobes directly over your shoulders. Don’t keep your head extended too far forward or too far back.

  5. Tuck your stomach in.

  6. Avoid sleeping on your stomach. If you sleep on your side, tuck a pillow between your knees. If you sleep on your back, place a pillow under your knees.

Follow these tips to ensure you will look and feel better all the time. Consciously thinking about your posture may require some effort and time, but being pain-free, healthier, and stronger makes it well worth it.

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