Good posture pays off in many ways.

Whether you’re at home watching your favorite show on the couch, sitting at your desk or cheering your child on while they play soccer, it’s important to practice good posture. Our latest blog series has been all about posture. In our first blog in this series, we debunked the myths about posture, and in our last blog, we went over the effects of bad posture. Today, our chiropractor in Santa Fe will be finishing up this blog series with this list of just a few of the many benefits of maintaining¬†good posture:

#1. It helps to minimize and prevent back pain.

When you slouch it puts strain on both your muscles and your spine, and if you make a habit of slouching, it can actually start to change the anatomical characteristics of your spine. This can lead to problems with discs, joints and muscles, as well as constricted nerves and blood vessels. One study found that maintaining good posture can help to reduce back pain.

#2. It helps to reduce stress.

In our last blog, we talked about how bad posture can lead to stress, but did you know that good posture can help to reduce it? This is because good posture can increase your confidence and mood, allowing you to better handle stressful situations.

#3. It could help you lose weight.

One study found that just by being upright, you could burn an additional 350 calories every day. Sitting up straight requires you to activate muscles in your lower back and abdomen. This helps to increase your resting metabolic rate, which is the number of calories your body burns at rest.

Good posture is good for your health on both a mental and physical level, and these are just a few of the many benefits that are associated with it. Learn more about good posture by turning to our Santa Fe chiropractor. Contact us today.