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5 Benefits of Practicing Good Posture

By Stephen R. Farris

Sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time throughout the day can be stressful enough. But if you're not practicing good posture, then you could end up developing serious back pain, fatigued muscles, and even the lack of energy.

The good news is that you can start practicing good posture right now. In severe cases it may take a little longer, but still be achievable. So here are a few benefits you'll get from practicing good posture.

Reduction in Back Pain

If you find yourself sitting or standing in one spot for long periods, then move around about every 20 to 30 minutes (suggested time from studies and researchers) to help stretch your muscles, ligaments, joints and bones. The results could be less back and muscle pain.

Reduction in Headaches

Did you know poor posture can bring on headaches? Absolutely, but mainly because you're increasing the tension in your upper muscles (shoulders, neck) due to poor posture. Catch yourself when you're sitting or standing for a long time. Make sure you're not allowing yourself to slouch or hunch over.

More Energy

When you practice good posture, you'll be more energetic because you're not putting undue stress and tension on your muscles, ligaments, bones and joints. That is a huge plus, especially if you work out after work, or have big plans for the evening.

Lowers Risk of Wear and Tear on Bones and Joints

Abnormal wear and tear on your bones and joints can happen when we are uneven with our posture; leaning to one side to get comfortable or standing more on one leg than the other. The good news is that by practicing good posture, the chances of developing wear and tear conditions is lowered quite a bit.

Better Air Capacity

Slouching or hunching all the time can actually make it a bit more difficult to breathe. This is usually because we are putting more stress and tension on the muscles around our core -- abdominal muscles, shoulders, neck, and lower back, causing our diaphragm to work harder than it has to. Using good posture lessens the event of our diaphragm having to work so hard. You can also do a few things such as practicing deep breathing, move your seat back to where you're extended more, or do some simple exercises to help make sure you are in a correct posture position.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sacramento, Calif.

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