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Easy Ways to Actually Improve Your Posture

Mood And Posture

The more time a person spends in a bad posture, the more the body’s muscles and ligaments embrace it as normal. 

Human emotion and cognition are closely linked to body posture. And this link operates like a two-way street. Feeling depressed or frightened can cause a person’s head to drop or his posture to become tight and closed, but assuming these poses also seems to promote feelings of depression or fear.

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Easy Ways to Actually Improve Your Posture

Easy Ways to Actually Improve Your Posture

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Mood And Posture

The more time a person spends in a bad posture, the more the body’s muscles and ligaments embrace it as normal. 

Human emotion and cognition are closely linked to body posture. And this link operates like a two-way street. Feeling depressed or frightened can cause a person’s head to drop or his posture to become tight and closed, but assuming these poses also seems to promote feelings of depression or fear.

Consequences Of Bad Posture

  • Slouching promotes low mood, decreased energy levels and can even impair student performance on a math test.
  • Upright posture is linked with improved mood and energy levels among people with symptoms of depression.
  • The bent-over posture associated with smartphone use could hamper breathing and impair respiratory function.

Combating Bad Posture

  • Switch up your desk setup in ways that promote proper posture.
  • Pulling exercises will strengthen them your back muscles, but upright or bent-over rows are ideal.
  • Planks, push-ups, dead lifts and other exercises that make you hold your body in a rigid position help develop posture as they activate your core and stabilizer muscles.
  • Glute bridges help to increase strength and flexibility of hips and that promotes stable movement and posture.
  • Limit “flexion” exercises that involve curling your spine into a C-shape. 
  • If you spend the bulk of your week sitting with poor posture a few hours of exercise won’t fix it. 

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