America as a whole hunches.
We are stressed out, over-worked, and most of us sit in front of a computer far too much (she types from a computer). It’s not just adults, middle-schoolers cave under the weight of 30 pound backpacks for God’s sake. It’s a mess.
Our bodies function best when properly aligned. We walk, run, and even breathe the best when our bones sit nicely on top of one another.
Chronic back pain and spinal injuries are on the rise, which can be attributed to the drastic change in lifestyle most Americans live in comparison to even our recent ancestors. We overeat and sit at desks all day.
The effects range from depression to drug abuse and can be debilitating.
In addition to all the reasons to avoid bad posture, good posture can have fantastic health benefits.
Good posture protects your joints, strengthens your core, and makes you feel better about yourself (That’s not even feel-good nonsense, it’s science.)
After a very in-depth study I preformed (I went to two coffee shops and looked around to see how people were slouching) I saw the same poor postures over and over.
Here are the common postures (good and bad) as demonstrated by my foxy friends, Noelle and Rachael:
The hardest thing about getting good posture is remembering to do it. It takes time to build the muscle memory that keeps proper alignment. When you are sitting on your desk, check-in with your body:
Is my spine straight?
Are my shoulders away from my ears?
Are my shoulder blades pressed together?
Am I taking big breaths?
Are my knees hips-width apart?
Are my feet pointed straight?
There are also stretches that encourage proper alignment:
Take five minutes every morning and stretch. You don’t need to run four miles before sunrise to start your day energized, but give your body a little love in the morning to set it up for greatness.