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What Your Posture Says About Your Health

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Poor posture is something many of us can relate to, but do we know how sitting and standing poorly really affect us? Not only is slouching bad for your health, but it also indicates how you’re feeling and can show poor self-esteem, fatigue or lack of interest. Here, we will talk about what poor posture can all indicate in your body language and overall physical health and how you can turn it around before it’s too late.

Poor Posture Revealed

There are many things that poor posture reveals about you and your body. We have compiled a list of what your posture position can indicate about you to others and your health.

Body Language

The way you sit can show a lot about your personality and can even give off if you are an extrovert or introvert. Whether you sit curled up with all limbs tucked closely together, or you sit more spread out and relaxed, others will get a vibe for what kind of a person you are without even talking to you. In a business setting, this is especially important. Whether you work in an office sitting in a chair all day or are up walking around for hours on end, how you are doing those things is telling others how you are feeling. Sitting and standing up straight with your shoulders back and eyes forward show that you’re confident in what you’re doing and reflects a positive experience for others around you.

Overall Physical Health

When you are walking, running, biking and everything in between, you want to make sure you are doing so with proper posture so that you can prevent injuries to your body. Having poor posture during these activities, and any activity, can put more than a necessary amount of stress on certain muscles and joints resulting in many health injuries including:

  • Arthritis
  • Poor circulation
  • Fatigue
  • Mood
  • Forward head posture
  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain

How to Correct Poor Posture

The first thing to correcting your posture, is being aware of how you are sitting or standing, and knowing what parts are bad and need to be fixed. Getting a routine down and keeping yourself aware when you are not in good posture is the first step to fixing the issue. Look at how you sit and stand in the mirror and evaluate your posture and what needs to be fixed. Keep reminder notes where you often are slouching to help correct the issue when you start falling back into old habits. Make sure you are stretching and getting proper exercise, especially core exercises as these strengthen the base of what will help you sit better.

It’s important to know that good posture is not going to come overnight. It has been proven that it takes three-eight weeks to establish a routine, but keeping a routine that long will help make the end results even better and help them last. If you are needing extra help to fix your posture or correct side effects from everlasting poor posture, reach out to a Core therapist! We will help you feel better and promote a lifestyle that will keep you feeling happy and healthy.

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