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6 Important Reasons Why You Should Work On That Bad Posture

johanna by Johanna Silver
Johanna is a writer who lives, works, and volunteers in New York.

We were all scolded by our parents at least once in our lives to sit up straight and practice good posture.

And, as it turns out, our nagging parents were right to chide about our poor posture and rounded spines.

Maintaining a good posture is incredibly important, otherwise, we can develop a curve in our spines overtime.

And the ailments don’t stop there, it turns out that having bad posture can affect several different parts of your body, like your head, heart, and even your digestive tract!

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to perfect your posture — you can even practice cool yoga poses in order to do so.

You can also follow a few simple steps while sitting, standing, or sleeping that will teach you to straighten your spine.

Check below to learn all about the plagues of bad posture and what you can do throughout the day to prefect yours.

 

What Can Poor Posture Lead To?
Danger #1: Poor Digestion

<u>What Can Poor Posture Lead To?</u><br>Danger #1: Poor Digestion
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Our posture determines how our bodies are aligned, so it would only make sense that the way we carry ourselves affects how well our insides work.

Since most of our modern lifestyles requires us to sit for most of the day — whether we’re in the car or on the computer — this means that our digestive tracts are constantly constricted.

Poor posture restricts its peristaltic function, which are muscle contractions that move food through your body. In other words, the less contractions it makes, the more difficult it is to digest. 

Danger #2: Back And Neck Pain

Danger #2: Back And Neck Pain
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This is probably the most obvious danger of poor posture.

Bending your spine unnecessarily while sitting and standing will position your head too far forward, which will strain your neck, since it has to support the weight, according to Poster Pump.

And the more you slouch, the more bent your body will become, which can cause a lot of problems as you get older and your bones become weaker.

Danger #3: Decreased Circulation

Danger #3: Decreased Circulation
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Since our health relies so heavily on blood pumping properly through our system, it’s important to keep our bodies open and unbent so it can flow as soothly as possible.

But if we sit scrunched up with our legs crossed, it cuts off blood circulation and causes unnecessary pressure.

This can cause swelling, discoloration, and even spider veins.

Danger #4: Increased Stress And Depression

Danger #4: Increased Stress And Depression
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A San Francisco State University study found that students who slouched while they walked, as opposed to walking upright, reported feeling more depressed and less confident. 

Slouching also allows less testosterone to be released around the body, which can make you feel less confident and more stressed.

It also causes your breath to become more shallow, causing your heart and lungs to work overtime, creating stress and unrest as a result.

Danger #5: Increased Headaches

Danger #5: Increased Headaches
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The neck strain that you feel as a result of poor posture can also affect your head.

When your neck muscles feel strained, your nerves become raw, resulting in tension headaches.

These headaches affect your quality of life, and are completely avoidable if you are mindful of your back and neck.

Danger #6: Unexplained Fatigue

Danger #6: Unexplained Fatigue
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The aforementioned overworking of your blood, heart, and lungs can definitely take a number on your body.

This can cause you to get subtly fatigued from all of the extra effort.

And since you are getting a little less oxygen in each breath, your head may be getting a bit fuzzy as a result.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to fix your posture so that your body doesn’t have to deal with the consequences — check them out below!

What Can I Do To Improve My Posture?
Correction #1: Look In The Mirror

<u>What Can I Do To Improve My Posture?</u><br>Correction #1: Look In The Mirror
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It order to identify what your posture should look like, check yourself in the mirror.

Notice how you naturally stand, then stand a little straighter with your shoulders back so you can get used to the look and feel of good posture.

You can also notice how your weight is distributed in your feet when you are standing straight. It should feel even better as opposed to you feeling more weight in your toes.

Correction #2: Sit Back In Your Chair

Correction #2: Sit Back In Your Chair
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Leaning forward in your chair pushes your top half forward and creates that problematic curve in your spine.

To instantly practice better posture, lean back so your full back is supported by the chair.

If you are sitting in the car, adjust the headrest so that it supports the middle of your head, and make sure that the chair is positioned close enough so you don’t have to lean forward to get to the pedals.

Correction #3: Pay Attention To Your Sleep Posture

Correction #3: Pay Attention To Your Sleep Posture
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Your posture is just as important when you sleep, which is incidentally where we tend to be the most scrunched up.

If you want to instantly give yourself some posture support, buying a firmer mattress can help keep you aligned while sleeping.

Sleeping on your back also promotes better posture, as opposed to on your side, which promotes you curling up and curving your spine.

Correction #4: Keep Ears, Shoulders, And Hips Aligned

Correction #4: Keep Ears, Shoulders, And Hips Aligned
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To practice good posture, your hips, shoulders and ears should all be aligned and stacked up on top of each other.

Drawing your head, neck, and back up like you are being pulled by a string on top of your head is a great way to get this sort of alignment.

Also, walking with you hands outside of your pockets promotes good posture. Putting your hands in your pockets pushes your shoulders forward.

Correction #5: Be Mindful Of The Chairs You Sit In

Correction #5: Be Mindful Of The Chairs You Sit In
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Different chairs push your spine in different positions, but it’s always important that your lower back is supported.

Sitting for long hours, whether you are driving or at a desk job, seriously stresses out your back because it’s not being properly supported.

While leaning back in your chair, as mentioned before, try to push your lower back into the chair so you’re not creating that awkward bend.

Correction #6: Avoid High Heels

Correction #6: Avoid High Heels
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As mentioned before, good posture is achieved when you maintain proper weight balance in your feet.

High heels can force your weight to shift to your toes, which pushes your whole body forward.

If you have to wear them, be mindful to shift your weigh back!

Keeping an eye on your posture will do wonders for your back, as well as the rest of your body!

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