Sit Up Straight!

Sit Up Straight!

 

Slouching not only makes you look sloppy, but it also comes with a slew of negative side effects. (I guess there's a reason our mothers always told us to sit up straight!) But the good news is that bad posture can easily be fixed if we are consciously aware of our body position. All it takes is remembering to think about it!

 

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The Obvious & Not-So-Obvious Consequences of Bad Posture:

  • The obvious:
    • Neck, shoulder, and/or back pain
  • The not-so-obvious:
    • Poor digestion (slouching causes the intestines to fold, which slows everything down)
    • Constriction of blood flow
    • Long-term changes in spinal curvature
    • Poor breathing
    • Tension headaches
    • Makes you actually feel sluggish (not just look that way!)

 

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Habits That Negatively Affect Posture:

  • Tilting your head down while using the phone or computer 
  • Studying on the bed (and hunching over)
  • Crossing your legs only on a certain side
  • Carrying heavy backpack or purse on one side of your shoulder

 

Tips to Improve Your Posture:

  • Sit up straight, don’t slouch
  • Stretch 5-10 minutes after every 1-2 hours sitting down at the desk
  • Don’t start a habit studying on the bed
  • Sleep with a lower-profile pillow, and put a thicker/higher pillow under your feet (this helps body circulation)
  • Try not to cross your legs (or make sure you switch it up!)
  • Stand on both of your feet when standing, don’t lean on one side

 

Benefits of good posture:

  • Relieves back, shoulder, or neck pain
  • Portrays confidence
  • Allows for better circulation and digestion

 

 

And once you get your posture in check, you'll look like this lady.
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