Hunching over your keyboard or just slouching into your couch can negatively change your body alignment over time. This structural shift in your body's posture when you're sitting and standing not only causes body aches, it affects your overall health. Dr. Marr explains, "Poor posture can lead to aches and pains, particularly back and neck, and headaches. If you are slumped over, you cannot take a full breath, which can greatly impact your energy level, and your digestion is compromised because you are squishing your stomach."
According to Dr. Marr, many people are even aware they have postural problems, though their poor postural habits persist. "At screenings, we ask people how they rate their posture and 90 percent say 'terrible,' -- not OK, not poor, but terrible," explains the posture expert. She adds that posture also impacts our self-image. "Standing taller, we can look slimmer and younger and feel more confident, too."
Though specific exercises that help stretch and strengthen your body into perfect alignment are crucial, Dr. Marr recommends checking your posture every day while you're standing and sitting so that a perfect posture becomes second nature.
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