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Posture matters

Straighten up and avoid hunchback: top posture tips that your grandma always knew

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Do you remember your grandma's advice to sit up straight and keep your elbows off the table? It turns out, she may have been onto something.

Physical therapist Dr Rashi Anand from CityPT reveals the surprising health benefits of good posture and why it’s essential to heed grandma's advice.

“Maintaining good posture can prevent a range of health issues, from hunchback to back pain and headaches,” he says. “It’s never too late to start improving your posture and reaping the benefits

Why good posture matters

Better breathing
Good posture can help improve your breathing by opening up your airways and allowing you to take deeper breaths.

Improved circulation
Proper alignment can improve blood flow and prevent muscle tension and stiffness.

Reduced pain
Good posture can reduce the risk of back pain, neck pain, and headaches caused by poor alignment and muscle strain.

Top tips

Proper alignment
Good posture involves proper alignment of your head, neck, and spine. Try keeping your ears in line with your shoulders and hips, and keeping your back straight and shoulders relaxed.

Avoid prolonged sitting
Sitting for long periods can lead to poor posture and increased risk of hunchback. Take regular breaks and stand up to stretch and move around.

Strengthen your core
Building core strength can help support good posture and prevent hunchback. Try incorporating exercises like planks and bridges into your workout routine.

Elbows off the table
Keeping your elbows off the table can prevent slouching and encourage proper alignment of your shoulders and back.

In summary, good posture isn’t just about looking good — it's essential for your overall health and wellbeing. Following grandma's advice to sit up straight and keep your elbows off the table was embedded in deep wisdom, it turns out.

So, start practicing good posture today and enjoy the benefits of a healthier, pain-free body — book your spot on the next yoga class now!

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