If you're tired, have headaches or back pain, and aren't sure why, check your posture. As we age our bones and muscles weaken. However, something as simple as the way we stand, sit and walk can make a big difference.
We don't often think about it, but our posture sends a message to our own body and to other people.
Years ago a lady trained herself to sit, stand and walk correctly by balancing a book on her head because good posture is synonymous with poise and elegance. While those qualities may not be as valuable today, there are still lots of other reasons to practice good posture.
Health Benefits of Good Posture
Good posture can make you appear thinner, taller and younger. It also makes you look more confident, and believe it or not, research shows we actually feel that way, too. On the other hand, slouching makes you look and feel tired.
Dr. Mladen Golubic, medical director for the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Institute, says maintaining good posture helps you stay alert and focused.
"When you slump, you have reduced your capacity to inhale properly, to inhale through your diaphragmatic breathing rather than just expanding the chest," he pointed out. "So quickly that could lead to feeling tired and exhausted and feeling sleepy."
Bad posture stresses joints and muscles which can cause back pain, headaches and long-term injuries.
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SOURCE: CBN News