Be Thankful for Good Posture

Turkey day is just around the corner, are you prepared for mom to badger you on standing up straight and not slouching at the dinner table? Not to be daring, but I’m sure the majority of us would love to have good, natural posture. In truth, more than half of people have poor posture for a variety of reasons. Perhaps it’s a physical line of work they are in, or an office job sitting down all day. What many people fail to realize, good posture does not mean a perfectly straight back, and besides looking nice, adds a number of health benefits!

  • Promotes breathing

  • Boosts concentration and thinking potential

  • Enhances your image

  • Makes you feel better about yourself

  • Prevent breathing complications

Now how can a little component, such as having good posture, have all those benefits? (Besides getting your mother off your back-no pun intended!) Good posture has the ability to facilitate breathing, allowing air to flow in and out of your body more smoothly. Test it out: sit on the floor and hunch over; and take a deep breath in. Now do the same, sitting up in a tall position. Which breath was deeper or stronger? Clearly, there is a significant difference between inhalation quantities between the positions. Since your brain requires 20% of oxygen to work properly, you’re now able to concentrate and think more effectively!

Healthy posture naturally helps your appearance. Statistically, people with good posture naturally look smarter and more attractive. Now reflect on your experience, have you ever met someone who slouched horrendously, and it affected the way you viewed him or her? Perhaps lazy or unkempt? Now, test out slouching over your phone, hold that position for thirty seconds. Switch, and sit up tall and proud, hold for thirty seconds. Feel the difference? Lastly, good posture can prevent further health complications, such as increased risks of slipped disc, back aches, back pain, pressure inside your chest, and poor blood circulation.


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