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Should or Shouldn't? Tips for Good Posture

By Genevieve Cunningham

Your posture is probably more important than you think. Not only does it affect your physical appearance and health, but it can affect your self-esteem and mental health as well. Poor posture is linked to lower self-esteem, higher rates of depression, and physical exhaustion. If you’re ready to feel better about yourself and life, and you want to improve your posture, check out these great tips.

What You Should Do

  • Maintain a Solid Exercise Routine - A solid exercise routine is crucial for your overall health, and your posture is no exception. Exercise strengthens muscles and improves stability, which are two very important components of maintaining good posture.

  • Relax Your Shoulders - We tend to hold a lot of tension in the shoulders. Sometimes, even when we’re attempting to have good posture, we tighten and tense our shoulders. In order to have good posture, we have to learn to pull the shoulders back, but relax them as well.

  • Limit Your Technology - Technology is a good thing, but too much technology time might hurt your posture. If you’re on a device of some sort, watch your posture carefully. If possible, limit your screen time in lieu of physical activity.

What You Shouldn’t Do

  • Be Sedentary - Living a sedentary lifestyle is just not good for you. We need movement and exercise to keep our bodies strong and capable. When we’re sedentary too often, it can cause us to have weak ab and back muscles, which further contributes to poor posture.

  • Slouch - We already know this. Slouching is not good for our overall posture or health. We tend to slouch in certain situations: On a commute, in front of the TV, and while on the phone. Try to monitor your posture when engaging in one of these activities in order to curb the slouching.

  • Dress for Looks - OK, so you can definitely dress for looks a little bit, but it’s also important to dress with comfort and support in mind. The more uncomfortable you are, the more likely you are to slouch by the end of the day. Dress nice and feel good, yes, but don’t underestimate the power of supportive clothing and shoes.

Developing and maintaining good posture is tough. While using these tips can certainly help, it can also be beneficial to get regular chiropractic care. Why? Because chiropractors can correctly align the spine, which reduces pain and enhances stability. They can also warn you of any potential problems they notice, as well as give you tips for improvement. If you would like to try chiropractic care for your posture, check out The Joint Chiropractic. Getting care at The Joint is easy and stress-free. You can use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing plan to get the care you need without the hassle. Improve your posture and feel better than ever with these tips and a quick trip to The Joint today.

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