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When was the last time that you stopped to think about your posture? Did you know that posture is not just about looking good, poised and confident? Proper posture minimizes the stress and strain on our muscles, bones, and joints as we move through our day. Good posture can make a huge difference when it comes to your overall health and well-being.

What’s So Bad About Poor Posture?

As it turns out – quite a bit! Bad posture follows you around like a shadow, affepoor-posturecting every movement that you make. When your body is out of alignment, there is more strain on your spine and your body in general. Poor posture causes excess wear and tear on your spine and joints, which in turn can result in chronic neck, back and shoulder pain. Poor posture can also contribute to:

• Headaches
• Poor Circulation
• Chronic Fatigue
• Reduced Range of Motion

And, don’t forget that your spine protects your nervous system, which controls every cell, tissue and organ in your body. Maintaining good posture allows you to maintain the natural curvature of your spine and minimizes the stress and strain placed on your spine and joints over time. A well-aligned spine is your first step toward optimal health.

Ready For A Posture Check-Up?

So what exactly is good posture? Good standing posture means standing in a neutral position with:

 Your head straight. Ears stacked over shoulders and eyes on the horizon.
 Hips stacked over ankles with weight evenly distributed between both feet.
 Feet parallel and hip width apart (approx. 8 – 12 inches).
 Arms relaxed by the sides of your body, not pinned back or rounded forward.

Ready to check you posture? In honour of National Spinal Health Week, we’ve created a Posture Score Card – a card designed to help you assess your posture quickly and easily. Click here to get you Posture Score Card now. Complete the Posture Score Card and post your total score by May 9th, 2015 on the Sante Chiropractic Facebook Page and you could win a day for 2 at Le Nordik Spa. Be sure to share the Posture Score Card with your friends, family, and co-workers. Everyone can benefit from improved posture!

5 Easy Ways to Tune Up Your Posture

The good news is there are simple things you can do to help improve your posture:

1. Look for ways to move more and sit less during the day. Set a timer at your desk and stand up and move around every 20 minutes or so. The more you move the better your health will be.
2. When watching TV, stand up and move around during the commercials. You could even add in some gentle stretches or even try a foam roller to help reduce tension in your body.
3. Incorporate some chest opening stretches into your daily routine. Add some positive affirmations to give you that extra little boost of energy.
4. Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy body weight. Include exercises to strengthen your upper back muscles and your core. This will make it easier to maintain good posture.
5. Check in with your posture regularly. Notice the posture that you naturally settle into. Is it ideal or could it use some tweaking? Try to make small adjustments. Over time these will make a huge difference!

Just like any other healthy habit, improving your posture takes consistent effort and time. Be patient, your health is worth the effort! Did you find this blog helpful? Feel free to pass it along to your friends and family! Let me know what steps you are taking to improve your posture in the comment field below. I’d love to hear from you!