Posture is defined as the position one maintains while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture then, is the pose that creates the least amount of strain on your muscles and ligaments. Simply put, keeping your back straight and pushing your butt to the back of the chair.
While it might have been easy to maintain good posture when we were younger, the advent of the digital age has made it easier to neglect. After all, slouching feels oh-so-good when you’re watching TV on the couch or cruising Netflix on your laptop. Slouching is a habit that may be hard to break, but we hope these benefits convince you to do otherwise.
1. It increases your thinking ability.
Ernie Baron once said, “knowledge is power.” Thankfully, good posture can help you get there. Sitting upright enables you to open up your lungs, giving your brain the required oxygen it needs. Plus, it makes you more alert and productive!
2. Say goodbye to health risks.
And wave hello to your healthy future. Bad posture causes an increased risk of slipped disc, severe backaches, scoliosis, chest pressure, and poor blood circulation. Yikes!
3. Improve your mood
Good posture = an even better mood. According to the University of Auckland, sitting with an upright posture functions as a coping mechanism against stress and affects your sensitivity to pain.
4. Stand strong, feel strong
Even during our primal days, posture has always been the representation of power. To this day, people with good posture exude an aura of assertiveness, confidence, and intelligence. You go, girl!
5. Lose weight
Trust me, we were just as shocked as you are. Chiropractor James Emmet says you can burn up to 350 calories a day just by maintaining an upright position. With good posture, you get to carry yourself better and take tension off from the whole body.
Remember guys, good things come to those who sit up straight.
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