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Good posture is better for overall health

Taking steps to be conscious of posture can decrease the chances of developing joint pain and improve overall well-being.

From HUB International

Posture is something that most people don’t think twice about. We tend to sit or stand in whatever way feels the most comfortable at the time. However, poor posture can wreak havoc on a person’s body, causing back and neck pain, muscle fatigue, digestive issues and even breathing problems.

Many Americans work at jobs where they spend most of their days sitting in front of computers. They then often go home and continue to sit after a long day at work. In the winter, individuals may spend even more time sitting when temperatures drop and outdoor activity becomes more difficult.

Spending many hours a day sitting and looking at a computer or a phone can lead to tight muscles in the back of the neck and upper back, which places stress on your bones and joints. Slouching or sitting in a scrunched position can also compress your abdomen and interfere with normal digestion.

Tips to avoid dangers associated with poor posture:

  • Make sure your computer monitor is at eye level to avoid straining neck by constantly looking down
  • Use hands-free devices to aAvoid holding a phone on your shoulder throughout the day
  • Take time to stretch and strengthen core muscles to help correct muscular imbalances.

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Stephanie Page,
Staff
2/11/2016 2:40 PM