Growing up you’ve probably been told by your parents not to slouch. And for good reasons!
Posture technically refers to how your spine is positioned when you’re sitting, standing, or lying down.
Since gravity is always exerting a force on your joints, ligaments, and muscles, this alignment is crucial to avoid overstressing your musculoskeletal system (1).
Weak muscles, being overweight, improper sleeping position, stress, tight muscles, and slouching can all lead to poor posture.
The longer you get into the habit, the harder it is to break.
Eventually, poor posture can permanently damage your muscles and joints and cause chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain.
If you’re interested in learning about how to improve posture and avoid these problems, read on!