# Posture and Health

Taken from    http://whatsyourposture.com.au/

Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Your posture directly affects your health.

When posture is bad, pressure on your spine is increased. This can lead to tension, soreness, headaches, back pain and fatigue.

Postural imbalance also compresses your internal organs, reducing their efficiency and normal function. This may cause such issues as respiratory problems, chest tightness, high blood pressure or poor digestion.

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of poor posture . It takes a lot of energy to hold the body in an awkward position, and, in turn, alters our breathing capacity which can be diminished by up to 30%

Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity

A good postural position permits you to breathe better, and as a result reduces fatigue and minimizes other side effects associated with bad posture.

Proper posture keeps muscles, ligaments, bones and internal organs in their natural position. This reduces wear and tear of joints, and relieves stress, improving health and enhancing your appearance.

Good posture can also increase self-confidence, with one study revealing that people adopting good posture not only display greater confidence but also have a stronger belief in their own abilities than those with poor posture

Correcting bad posture does take discipline, but there’s no doubt the benefits are well worth the effort.

The first step is understanding the bad posture habits our lifestyle may expose us to and then taking steps to address them.

So which posture are you?


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