Good posture is much more than just standing up straight. Our posture contributes to our overall physical and mental health. If you’ve been feeling aches and pains or have otherwise been feeling blue, time focusing on your posture may be just what it takes to improve your mood.
People tend to spend a lot of time sitting — at work, while commuting, watching television, and looking at screens. Without exercising to develop core muscles, you may find yourself prone to increased headaches, neck, back, and other pain. The good news is that for most people, Harvard Health Letter indicates it is never too late to begin improving your posture.
The MedlinePlus database can be accessed through CCPL’s Web site by clicking on “Research and Learn” and scrolling down to “Research and Databases.” The MedlinePlus Guide to Good Posture provides information on how bad posture can affect your health, such as making your spine more prone to injury, affecting how well your joints move, and increasing your risk of falling. The Guide to Good Posture also details ways to improve your posture, such as being mindful of your posture and practicing certain types of exercises that focus on body awareness.