5 Negative Effects of Bad Posture on Your Body and Mind

Poor posture is the new first-world problem that’s causing more mental and physical health complicationsthan most people realize.

The human body was designed to move – not to sit in a chair for several hours at a time. Over time, bad habits lead to fatigue, depression, pain and headaches. There’s a reason your mother told you to sit up straight – poor posture destroys your health.

1. Worsens depression and stress

2. Causes Digestive Issues

3. Poor Breathing

4. Back, Shoulder and Neck Pain

5. Tension Headaches

Tips on How to Improve Your Posture

Invest in an stand up desk, ergonomic chair, keyboard and mouse. If you have to spend the day working in a chair, you want to make sure that it’s providing you with the support you need.

Get up and stretch every half hour or hour, if possible. This will give your body a break and allow your organs to get the oxygen they need.

Exercise. Focus on exercises that strengthen the core. A strong core will make it much easier for your body to remain in an upright position.

Practice yoga. Yoga encourages good posture. A large portion of the poses require you to keep your shoulders and chest broad, which opens the lungs and allows you to breathe easily.

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