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You always hear growing up how important having good posture is. Whether it makes you look more professional, attractive, or confident; having good posture brings about many positive things. Did you know, however, that having good posture is also just simply good for maintaining a healthy body?

Having bad posture can lead to many debilitating symptoms down the line. Typically, bad posture can be attributed to:

  • Obesity

  • Stress

  • Pregnancy

  • Tight Muscles

  • Wearing high-heeled shoes for an extended time.

Although there’s more to it than just standing up straight with shoulders back; Having good posture does many different things for one’s health:

  • Provides more space within your chest cavity, making it easier to breathe

  • Helps with digestion

  • Improves overall blood flow throughout the body

  • Helps support your spine and overall alignment

  • Helps maintain a healthy metabolism

  • Prevents muscle aches and overall strain

With all of these factors, it doesn’t come as a surprise why so many people have been telling us to have good posture! It’s also very easy to acquire and maintain a good posture. All one has to do to start is:

  • Keep feet shoulder-width apart

  • Tuck your stomach in

  • Let your arms hang naturally

  • Bear your weight on the balls of your feet

  • Try to keep your knees slightly bent

For maintaining good posture indefinitely; having an adequate amount of muscle strength and stamina is required. Doing simple exercises at home to strengthen one’s core and overall body strength can help.

Having good posture doesn’t stop with standing, however. Maintaining a good posture when you’re at your desk or even when you sleep can also impact your body in beneficial ways, providing you take the proper steps. When sitting, try to relax your shoulders and change positions every so often. For lying down, try to use a pillow and look for a mattress that is right for you.

If you are concerned about your posture, United Rehab Physical Therapy's team can help you improve your posture so that you may live a long and fulfilling life. Contact us today!

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