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May Series: Tips for Better Posture

Don't Be A Slouch

It adds to the stress on your spine. That puts a strain on the bones, muscles, and joints you need to hold your backbone in place. But lousy posture isn't just bad for your back. A

constant slump smashes your inside organs together, and makes it harder for your lungs and intestines to work. Over time, that’ll make it hard to digest food or get enough air when you breathe.


Straighten Up

A great way to prevent posture problems? Stand up tall. You'll feel better and look better -- slimmer, even. Pretend you’re standing against a wall to measure your height. Hold your head straight and tuck in your chin. Your ears should be over the middle of your shoulders. Stand with your shoulders back, knees straight, and belly tucked in. Don't let your booty or hips stick out. Straighten up so you feel like your head stretches toward the sky.


Don't Slump at Your Desk

It's comfy to slouch -- maybe even lean back and swivel a bit. But it’s a posture no-no.

Try this instead: Sit all the way back in your chair.
Place a small, rolled-up towel or lumbar cushion behind your mid-back to protect your spine's natural curve.
Bend your knees at a right angle and keep them the same height, or a bit higher, than your hips. Place your feet flat on the floor.

Beware of 'Text Neck'

On your smartphone all day long? Take a minute to stretch your neck. When you tilt your

head down to check messages it really strains your spine. Over the course of a day -- or year -- that can add up.


For a better view, lift the phone up and move your eyes, not your head.


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