Most of us have been told that sitting up straight is a good habit to develop, but have you ever thought about why? It is true that sitting and standing with correct posture can change people’s perception of you, but it can also do wonders for your overall health.

At AFC Urgent Care Sevierville, we are all about finding healthy solutions to everyday problems—including poor posture. Read on to discover some of the benefits you can get by sitting up straight!

What Does Good Posture Look Like?

If you are sitting in a chair and want to do a posture check, here is how. Your feet should rest on the floor, and the weight should be displaced evenly between your hips.

The back should not be arched or hunched, only curved for your spine’s natural shape. Your shoulders should be back and down, and your chin should be parallel to the floor. Sitting in this position can help you ease pain and be more comfortable.

Benefits of Improving Posture

  • Reduced back pain
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Less tension in the neck and shoulders
  • Improved digestion

How Does Having Good Posture Help Me?

If it sounds like posture can impact quite a bit about your body, that is because it can.

By strengthening your core muscles, keeping your upper body spacious instead of bunched and reducing poor muscle structure, giving yourself the gift of good posture can do a lot for your health.

Exercises to Improve Posture

  • Regular stretching of the neck, shoulders and chest
  • Balancing exercises such as tree pose
  • Core exercises that strengthen your entire abdominal wall
  • Foam rolling to reduce tension

Here at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville, we want to help you live your best and healthiest life. If you need an appointment to talk with one of our doctors, you can contact us today to learn more about healthy living.