I don’t know about you but I have to work on good posture all the time. I’m tall and I know I have a bad habit of slouching. I try to sit on the edge of my chair most of the day to help remind me to sit straighter and if I do lean back I try to push my rear all the way to the back of the chair and arch my back. It’s silly I know but it helps me to remember. I also often find myself telling my patients to sit up straight on the exam table. I think most of us pay too little attention to how we carry our bodies. With that in mind I wanted to talk to you today about how body posture can affect your mental health and wellbeing.
Most of us know that slouching can lead to poor digestion or back pain, or that sitting for long periods can put us at a higher risk for cardiovascular diseases.
The medical community is now becoming very aware of how a sedentary lifestyle can have such a negative impact on our health, and why physical activity is something that is encouraged regularly.
But flip that coin and you will find that many people do not consider the importance of how our posture can also affect our mental health and wellbeing.
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