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Good Posture is a Myth!

There’s no such thing as perfect posture.

How many times in your life have you been told to sit up straighter, to pull your head back, to bring your shoulders down, etc. etc.? People often believe the myth that poor posture leads to injuries. However, posture might play a role in how tight your muscles are, but there is much more to the story than just posture.  

In reality, the perfect posture is one that is constantly moving. If you slouch for too long, your back and/or neck might hurt. But if you sit up straight for too long, your back and/or neck still might hurt. The sweet spot is to change positions often. Slouch for an hour then sit up straight for an hour. Your postural muscles are going to thank you. 

Just like changing your upper body posture will help give you relief, getting up from your desk and taking a micro-break is also beneficial for your body. Get up, go to the bathroom, take a lap around the office, or just stretch. All of the above can allow your muscles to relax, switch up which muscles are on and which are off, and delegate the stress among different muscles more. 

The hardest part about switching up your posture or taking micro-breaks is remembering to do so! Stick a sticky note on your computer screen or even set a timer on your phone to go off every 30-60 minutes. Movement is medicine. Move now so you don’t need medicine 5 years from now!

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