Fitness Tips: May 13, 2013

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Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Do You Stand Up Straight?
When it comes to posture, if you were frequently reminded to stand up straight and stop slouching then that was good advice. Your spine is strong and stable when you practice healthy posture, but when you stoop or slouch, your muscles and ligaments struggle to keep you balanced which can lead to fatigue, back pain, headaches, and other problems. Good posture minimizes strain on your joints and muscles which can help prevent aches and pains. 
What's good posture?
When you're standing, keep your chest held high and your shoulders back and relaxed. Try not to tilt your head forward, backward, or sideways. Pull in your abdomen and buttocks. Make sure your knees are relaxed, not locked. Keep your feet parallel and your weight balanced evenly on both feet. 
It's amazing how something as simple as good posture can make someone look taller, slimmer and more confident.