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4 Reasons You Need to Correct Your Posture

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You may remember rolling your eyes as a young child when your mother or father told you to sit up straight and stop slouching. It turns out that doing so really is in your best interest. The effects of holding your head high and maintaining good posture can be very beneficial. Here are four reasons to correct your posture:

1. Boosts Energy and Confidence
Sitting at a desk all day can lead to bad habits of poor posture and slumped shoulders. However, if you focus on sitting up straighter, it can actually help you to feel re-energized during that afternoon slump. Getting a little stretch and adjusting your stance may be all you need to power through the rest of the day's work. Additionally, it's easier to feel good about yourself if you're sitting up straighter. Holding your head up high with your shoulders back and chin out gives you that extra boost of self-esteem.

Maintaining proper posture can have many benefits.Maintaining proper posture can have many benefits.

2. Prevents Muscle Strain
Your back and neck muscles work hard enough as it is to hold your head up all day long. And when you exercise poor posture, it can negatively impact your muscles and your spine, causing unwelcome discomfort. Over time, poor posture can have a negative effect on lower body muscles as well, all the way down to your hips and knees. If you work on keeping your back straight throughout the day, you help avoid the potential issues surrounding muscle strain and spasms.

3. Promotes Better Breathing
If you ever took singing lessons or participated in music class at school, you've listened to a music teacher telling everyone to sit up tall and open their wind pipes. Slouching limits the amount of oxygen that your body can take in at one time. By correcting your posture, you optimize your breathing which in turn leads to enhanced relaxation. The more oxygen that gets to the brain, the better your mood becomes.

4. Helps With Balance
Most people have a habit of always leaning to one side of their body to get comfortable, without even realizing it. This puts unnecessary pressure and strain on that side of your body and causes one side to be stiffer than the other. Maintaining proper posture helps keep your body balanced, ensuring that both sides are bearing the weight equally. A properly aligned spine will enable steady balance.

This article is not intended to provide medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider if you experience any pain or discomfort.