Let’s Get It Straight

Stand up straight. Those 3 little words might have made you snap to attention as a kid, but they don’t tell the whole story about good posture:

Navigate the curves. “Straight” is actually a misnomer — a healthy spine features 3 natural curvatures: inward at the neck and lower back, outward in the upper back. With proper posture, all 3 maintain the right balance.

On your own 2 feet. When you stand, distribute your weight evenly — if you need to be on your feet for a long period, take turns elevating 1 foot at a time on a step or stool.

Just relax. When the spine is aligned, it shouldn’t feel forced. But that doesn’t mean it’s okay to slouch. Hold your chest high and keep your abdomen lifted and firm. Try not to lock your knees. When your foundation is strong, your neck and head should be a cinch to keep in line.

It can be easy to slip back into a slump. Post a note on your mirror or front door, or ask a loved one to remind you to keep straightened up.

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