Stand Tall: 10 Ways That Posture Affects Your Health

By
Sarah St. Pierre
woman practicing tadasana, mountain yoga pose with good posture

Our posture—the way we sit and stand—is rarely genetic or out of our control. It’s simply the result of chronic muscle tension pulling our skeleton out of alignment. This muscle tension builds up over time as a result of our daily movement habits and our reactions to stress.

In other words, muscle memory determines our habitual posture. I’ll tell you how to retrain your muscle memory and change your posture at the end of the post, but first read these ten ways that your posture affects your health—they’ll probably shock you!

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