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Better Posture For Optimal Health

Aug 17, 2007
If you are eating right and working out regularly, then chances are you are in good health. You think you are doing the best you can, but what you might be missing though, is one often-overlooked key to health: good posture. Good posture can improve your overall health, giving you extra energy, as well as making you look more confident and attractive to others.

When most people focus on health, they eat better, drink more water and exercise. However posture is just as vital to anyone who wants to look and feel as healthy as they possibly can, and one of the best benefits of posture is that the effects are immediate. Unlike diet and exercise, which can take several weeks or even up to several months to show any real effect, good posture is noticeable and effects your body from the moment that you begin standing and sitting straight.

If you follow grandma's old rules of sitting up straight and not slouching your posture will improve dramatically. When you sit and stand straight your organs are designed to work within your body as it is meant to be aligned, that means that your organs can function more efficiently, and they can do their jobs better than ever. This also means more energy for you as less energy is wasted bypassing the kinks you were putting into your system by slouching.

Muscles can also benefit from your new and improved posture, as their biomechanics are optimized by being in the correct positions. In fact, slouching can damage your muscles, straining and elongating your back muscles making your stomach muscles weak and ineffectual. All of the muscles in your body are forced to work harder than they should when you have bad posture, so when you straighten up, your muscles can work harder on what you want them to.

Sick of back pain after a long drive, or a long day at the computer? Well, better posture will eliminate that pain since your muscles will be working as they were meant to work and not dealing with extra strain. You can take that road trip across the country now, without the worry of back pain. You will also be able to drive longer since you will be experiencing less pain and less fatigue.

In addition to driving, you concentrate on other things longer too, for the same reasons. Wouldn't it be nice to sit in a chair and read for an hour without feeling like a wreck? Sit up straight and give it a shot! After practicing your perfect posture for a while you might even notice your waistline decreasing. That's right, without proper posture you will never achieve that flat stomach you've been wanting since the stomach muscles do not get worked while you are still.

If you can bear to sit and stand straight, you will look and feel younger as well as feeling more confident. You will have energy to spare, and will be achieving the best health effects for your body with results that start to materialize immediately. There is no reason to slouch, and every reason to kick the habit and get yourself a healthier, happier back today!
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