Before you read this, take a moment to check yourself. Is your head pushed forward, reaching for the screen? Are your shoulders hunched up close to your ears? Is your back forming a large letter “C” because you’re bending forward?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I have bad news for you: Your posture is horrible (at least at this very moment).
It’s OK—you’re not alone. It’s really easy to get so caught up in your work (or whatever it is that you’re doing to procrastinate work) that your body awareness diminishes. But chronically bad posture is not good for you. At all. It can permanently change your muscles, negatively affect your emotions, and prevent some of your organs from functioning fully. Yep—not the harmless slouch you thought it was, is it?
Here’s the good news: You can correct this problem, and this video will show you exactly how. It won’t be an overnight fix—you’ll have to actively practice it—but it’s worth it. And here’s the thing: You can still finish that presentation for your boss on time (or find out how Hodor got his name) when your back is straight.
Abby works in health education and prevention at a university in Washington, DC. When she’s not trying to make the world a healthier place, you can find her taking selfies with her cat (Mildred Meow Meow), hunting down the city's best grilled cheese, or zipping through the city on her bike, named Libby. Say hi on Twitter.More from this Author