"Sit up straight" is more than a command, doing so could improve your overall health. Fox 9 Fitness Expert Ali Holman from CoreCamper.com stopped by to tell us why good posture is so important to your health, and how to test if your posture is really proper when standing, sitting, sleeping and more.
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Posture is more than having a straight back. Good posture is important to overall body function.
So, what is so bad about poor posture? Poor circulation, causing vertabrae to deteriorate one at a time, chronic back/neck/shoulder pain, headaches, herniated disks, misalignment and limit of range of motion.
Causes of bad posture:
* Unsupportive shoes
* Carrying excess weight
* Unsupportive mattress
* Hunching to get closer to a screen
* Incorrect office chair height
How to check your posture:
Stand with your head against a wall with feet 6" from the wall
Should be less than 2" between your nect or small of your back from the wall
When you sit:
Keep your head straight and not tilted down
Sit with knees slightly lower than your hips
Shoulders back and relaxed
Keep your back ramrod straight
Tuck your feet under your chair
Work without support for your arms
Cross your legs above the knees
Shoulders back and aligned
Use your core to keep your back straight
Stick your chest out
Wear high heels or stand for a long time, especially in the same position
Walk Heel toe, looking forward
Arms loose and at 90 degree angle
Lean forward slightly
Bend at waist
Lift your knees too high
Do use a firm mattress, sleep on your side & try a pillow between legs
Sleep on stomach (Causes pressure on cervical spine)
Sleep with a tall stack of pillows , causing neck to bend unnaturally