Sit Up Straight!

Monday… Tuesday… Wednesday… as the week passes and we spend long hours sitting at a desk in front of a computer, our posture suffers and muscles  tighten – Don’t let it!

Good posture and flexibility are  critical to maintain a healthy body, physically and mentally.

Each hour allow yourself at least 5 minutes to look away from the computer screen, stand up, stretch, and walk around the room.

Here’s why:

  • You will be more confident:  Raise your head and put your shoulders backA hunched over posture decreases confidence.
  • Your circulation will improve.  An upright posture expands lung capacity and enables you to breathe deeper, facilitating with oxygen transport and circulation.
  • Your risk of injury diminishes.  A hunched over posture creates back pain, especially in the lower region.  Further, sitting all day can lead to tight hip flexors (muscles in front of your hips).
  • You will relieve muscle tension.  Poor posture creates tight muscles because your bones (spine) are not in proper alignment and your muscles are supporting the weight of your head and upper body. Stress can play a large role too! 
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Bottom Line:  Sit up straight and move!  

 

Reference:

Discovery Fit & Health Blog.  “4 Reasons Why Good Posture is So Important.”  Posted March 5, 2014.  doi://http://blogs.discovery.com/dfh-sara-novak/2014/03/7-reasons-why-good-posture-is-so-important.html?_ga=1.141086647.466609972.1389903737#mkcpgn=fbdh4.  Accessed March 11, 2014.

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About rrluthi

Certified fitness expert with a passion for educating and empowering "chronologically-enriched" clients about the benefits of adopting and maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle and preventing injury. Proven strengths applying cutting-edge fitness/wellness concepts and research through roles as a health coach, fitness trainer, and group exercise instructor—in addition to promoting these concepts in a more systematic way through blogging and social media, community outreach, public speaking, and corporate wellness program facilitation.
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