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The Benefits of Proper Posture

By Sara Butler

You already know that posture is important. You probably hear it all the time from your mom, your chiropractor, and your grandmother. Yet it always seems to be something people put on the bottom of their to-do list. If this sounds like you, then you may not be aware of the things that can start happening to you, your body, and your overall health once you finally start practicing proper posture. Here are the benefits of proper posture to help give you a nudge.

More Energy

When you slouch over your keyboard all day, it’s actually really taxing on your body. That’s probably why you feel so tired when you finally trudge in through the door after work – it takes a lot of work for your body to keep you in poor posture.

When you sit and stand with optimal posture, you’re breathing more efficiently too. With greater lung capacity comes great energy too. Your body can regulate oxygen and carbon dioxide as it was meant to, helping you feel energized.

You Burn More Calories

When you practice proper posture, your circulation improves and that allows you to breathe in more oxygen to fuel your body. That will make our workouts feel easier, which means you’ll be more efficient, go a little harder, and torch more calories. In other words, you’ll be in less pain so you’ll have more gains at the gym.

Say Goodbye to Tension Headaches

Bad posture can cause regular tension headaches. This is due to the fact that tight muscles in the neck, shoulders, and upper back can cause tension in the muscles of the head and jaw – and that leads straight to headaches.

If you align your ears directly over your shoulders as you sit or stand, then you’ll reduce the pressure placed on your muscles and reduce your chance of experiencing tension headaches.

Stress Less

Sitting up straight can help you to cope with stress. Researchers think that sitting up straight can stimulate your body’s coping mechanisms to stress, helping you to keep your stress hormones under control and your nervous system functioning at its best. All that translates to a better mood and less stress overall.

Proper posture is about more than looking good, it's about feeling good too. So work on it and see how great it makes you feel!

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

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