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How poor posture can affect your overall wellbeing

Longer commutes, hours spent sitting in front of computers, and smartphone use contributes to poor posture.

SEATTLE — Modern lifestyles do not contribute positively to our goals of having a  better posture. Desk jobs, backpacks, craning our necks to scroll on our smartphones, and even longer commute times behind the wheel can wreak havoc on your posture, which can affect your mood, energy, can cause neck, back, and shoulder pain. 

Dr. Hansie Wong of Integrative Health and Wellness explains how we can improve our posture, be mindful of our stance, and avoid pain.

Below are some easy exercises she suggests to help improve your posture:

1. Stand tall: Teach your body what it feels like to stand up straight by standing tall with your head, shoulders, and back against the wall. This may feel uncomfortable at first but with practice, you’ll find that you won’t need the wall anymore!

2. Snow Angels: Every morning and night, lie on the floor and do “snow angels” with your arms for 2-3 minutes. Try to keep your shoulders and elbows on the ground. This will help open up your chest and strengthen your back.

3. Open Up: If you have a desk job, make an effort to get up and stretch every 30 minutes. Or at least open up by interlacing your hands behind your head and pulling your shoulder blades down and back to open your chest.

4. Strike a Power Pose: Stretch your arms out like you’re going to hug someone. You can even add a small back bend and open your chest up to the sky. Open up your body, mind, and spirit to the possibilities and be available for whatever comes your way.

Power of Posture Event

Dr. Wong will lead an event through a self-assessment of your posture and work through helpful exercises you can use at home. This event will be held at the Lake Forest Park Library, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park on Saturday June 22, 2:00PM-3:00 PM.

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