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Bad Effects of Poor Posture on the Body and the Mind

INCREASED CHANCE OF TENSION HEADACHES Tension headaches are pain caused by pressure that can be felt around your forehead or the back of your head and your neck. Slouching for long periods tenses the suboccipital muscles located at the base of the skull connecting the shoulder and back muscles. RECOMMENDATION If you catch yourself leaning closer to the screen, it may be time for an eye exam. Also consider raising your screen or your workstation to prevent yourself from slouching. PROMOTES DEPRESSION On a recent study conducted by San Francisco State University, 110 students were asked to walk the hallway in a slouched position and back in skipping motion. They found out that walking in slouched position decreases energy levels while skipping increases their energy. RECOMMENDATION This study concludes bad posture contributes to mental health issues and would be worth a try. SHOULDER & NECK PAIN Shoulder and neck pain…

Equipment Free Exercises to Fix Bad Posture

As a person making a living in front of the desk for most hours of the day I have realized that sitting for long periods everyday may have long term health implications. Until recently I felt back pains that I have never experienced before. I have been working a few extra hours and noticed that the pain on my back was correlated with sitting for longer periods of time.  It was clear to me that my back was no longer as strong as when I was younger and my job was certainly not helping at that. So I did some research, asked a few questions and found the best exercises that worked for me without breaking a sweat. STANDING HIP FLEXOR STRETCH Stand up straight with your heels together. Make sure your back is completely straight by standing with a wall behind you. Both hands on your chest and elbows…

CHAIR CRUNCHES for AB STRENGTH

Sitting at an office chair for eight hours a day for five days a week may not help you with posture if you are not consciously thinking about it. At times, I catch myself slouching in front of the computer for long periods without even noticing that I’m sitting at that position. Let me share with you a few exercises I find helpful when I began new habits to force myself to sit upright and do a little exercise while working on a chair. I find that these exercises not only help you to keep yourself upright but it also improves blood circulation as well which makes me more productive. Note that these exercises are not meant to replace your regular exercise routine but to help you build some strength even when you’re not at the gym. Chest and Shoulder Stretch Grab hold of the backrest of the chair with…

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