5 Life Changes to Expect When you Straighten up

Fix Your Posture and You’ll Fix These Things Too

Slouching drains your energy, triggers headaches, stress and aches.

Who needs that, right?! Straightening your posture can have a significant influence on your life. In fact, good posture itself is an essential part of a good life. Although this is widespread knowledge, most people don’t spend any time thinking about their posture. Yet every waking moment of every day, our posture is something simple we can attend to that will make an overall difference to our health, vitality, self confidence and appearance.

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Women’s Health Magazine enlightens us:

5 Things That Happen When You Finally Fix Your Posture

1. You’ll Score More Energy

“A forward, rounded posture (say, from hunching over your laptop) restricts the expansion of your rib cage as you breathe, compresses your diaphragm, and can even decrease lung capacity, making the whole breathing thing hella awkward. Efficient breathing, on the other hand, regulates the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout your body and keeps you energized,” says Henry Halse, a Philadelphia-based certified strength and conditioning specialist.

 

2. You’ll Burn More Calories

Good posture improves circulation and allows you to take in more oxygen, which can make your workouts feel easier, says Halse. Because your joints are in a better position when you stand tall, you can pull off more calorie-torching movements than someone with bad posture, especially if you dig workouts like yoga and Pilates. Translation: less pain, more gain.

 

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3. You’ll Experience Fewer Headaches

If you deal with tension headaches on the regular, crappy posture could be to blame. “Tension headaches are usually caused by a tight neck, upper back, and jaw muscles, and it’s most often the forward head and forward shoulders posture that causes this,” says Dukart. “Over time, if the muscle tightness becomes chronic, trigger points can develop, and this can cause radiating pain in your head.”

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4. You’ll Give Your Joints a Breather

Another common no-no is tipping your pelvis forward, which stresses out your spine and can lead to decreased core strength, as well as back and hip pain. “Over the long haul, bad posture can lead to icky things, like tendonitis and bone spurs,” says Halse. Good posture aligns and balances your muscles, decreasing joint compression and your risk of injury.

 

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5. You’ll Stress Less

Researchers suspect that sitting up straight can stimulate physiological arousal, such as a spike in blood pressure, and trigger a coping response to stress. When your body isn’t positioned properly, it may affect how your hormones and nervous system function, altering your mood.

 

 

Fix that posture right away!

By now, you should have realized that fixing your posture is not something you can put off. It has too high impact on your life. However, if you experience continuous and acute neck or shoulder pain, fixing your posture might not be the only solution. Of course, it will contribute to remedying the situation. But you might consider consulting a chiropractor.

 

RESOURCES

ARTICLES:
5 Things That Happen When You Finally Fix Your Posture
, Women’s Health Magazine
Are Chiropractors Safe or Back Quacks, BestFitLife.com

BOOKS:
Posture, Get It Straight! Look Ten Years Younger, Ten Pounds Thinner and Feel Better Than Ever, by Janice Novak

PRODUCTS:
Deluxe Clavicle Support for Fractures, Sprains, Shoulder Posture Support- MDFLA Orthopedics

 

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