The ultimate guide to good posture

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Having good posture is important for your overall health and mood. Poor posture can affect your muscles and internal organs. It also says a lot about your attitude and how you feel about yourself.
Why is having good posture important?
A number of health problems can start because of bad posture, including back pain, neck pain, chronic headaches, poor circulation, and reduced lung capacity. An estimated 50 percent of working Americans suffer from back pain which is often caused by poor posture.
Ok, what causes bad posture?
Usually, bad posture is caused by not being attentive to how we are sitting or standing throughout the day. Things like chairs, hunching over our desk at work, unsupportive mattresses, and low self-esteem can contribute to poor posture. Even being overweight can contribute to poor posture. Weight gain changes how our skeletal and muscular systems support themselves, which is why it is important to maintain a healthy weight.
I understand this is important. What can I do?
This infographic from Greatist looks at posture and how to improve your starting today.

Here’s a quick test to check your posture: Stand with the back of your head against a wall. Your heels should be six inches away from the wall. Your bottom and shoulder blades should touch the wall

There should be less than two inches between your neck or small of the back and the wall. A larger gap indicates bad posture and a curving spine.
Good Posture

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