This Cartoon Explains How Important It Is to Have Good Posture

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We’ve covered a lot of great ways to help you adjust your posture; from fixing your chicken neck, to undoing your computer hunch. This video explains why developing your posture is so important for the rest of your body.

This video from the TED-Ed YouTube channel explains why standing up straight is about more than how you look. Your posture affects every movement your body makes, and can make your muscles work harder to perform normal tasks, or become weakened over time. Pain and the inability to move certain ways are now all too common side effects of poor posture, and it can even start to affect your internal organs; so it should be taken seriously. Sitting at desks is the root cause for a lot of these problems, but there are plenty of things you can do to help yourself out.http://lifehacker.com/5755870/how-to…

The Benefits of Good Posture | YouTube

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What Bad Posture Actually Does to Your Body

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We’ve heard countless times that good posture and ergonomics are necessary when you’re working at a computer, but what exactly happens when you don’t follow those tips? The Wall Street Journal found out.

As it turns out, a lot changes. It’s not just in your body, it’s also psychological:

It’s not as though slouching will give you a hunchback in a day, but “if you do this day after day, and your muscles are not strong, the whole skeleton changes,” Dr. Golubic says. “I’m not aware of any studies that look at the changes in the volume of organs like the liver and spleen when you sit straight or slump forward. But we do know that when you slouch, you project an attitude of depression and low motivation.” When you sit up straight, he adds, “psychologically, your attitude is better.”

Thankfully, improving your posture is pretty easy. You can test your posture against a wall, and ergonomically optimizing your workspace will help as well. For their part, The Wall Street Journal also recommends keeping an eye out for lower back pain as an indicator for poor posture, and considering something like yoga to improve your sitting position.

Burning Question: Why Sit Up Straight? | The Wall Street Journal

Photo by Charles Hutchins.

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