We’ve been told to stand up straight as long as we’ve been able to stand, but sometimes it’s harder than it seems.
We know why we should do it: Good posture looks good, feels good and makes us look slimmer. On the flip side, studies have linked poor posture with lower self-esteem, depression and back pain.
But, sometimes, posture pointers are confusing.
Remember when we were all supposed to use Pilates balls instead of office chairs? Well, claims that doing so improved posture were recently disputed by researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. They found that it didn’t help — or hurt — posture.
But there are still some things you can do to help your stance, as well as some things you can avoid to keep it from getting worse.
“It helps to maintain the normal curvature in the back when sitting,” he said. “There is a tendency for the lower curve to flatten, which can cause fatiguing with prolonged sitting.”