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Things Your Posture Says About Your Health

Good posture is crucial to a healthy mind and body. Posture problems can have lasting side-effects on your body and health. Here's how you can improve your posture.

Mind Body By Himanshu SharmaMay 31, 2014

Poor Posture Wrecks your Health

Good posture is important for a healthy mind and body. The way you sit, stand and walk can make you look tall, slim and confident. Posture problems can have lasting side-effects on your body and health. Here’s what poor posture suggests about your health. (Image source:Getty)

Protruding belly

"Pot belly" or "beer belly" suggests that you have a weak core and overarching back. To reduce protruding belly, you need to exercise every day (especially abdominal exercises). Exercises such as plank, back extension and rope skipping are quite effective. (Image source:Getty)

Slouching

Slouching at your keyboard when working on the computer reveals that your hamstrings are tight. Your hamstrings attach into your pelvis, so if they're tight, they can pull your sit bones forward. Hamstring stretches everyday can help strengthen hamstrings and improve posture. (Image source:Getty)

Heavy hips

It may sound unrelated, but heavy hips suggest weak feet. The extra body weight also weakens the outer hip muscles, encouraging further weakening. (Image source:Getty)

A protruding lower belly

If you have a protruding lower belly, it could be because of the tight lats (a group of back muscles). It can make your torso compress and your spine to arch. Stretching your lats can help a great deal for a leaner look. (Image source:Getty)

A drooping butt

It is because of the weak back muscles that you have a drooping butt. Strong back muscles stabilise the spine and supports lower back to arch forward. Include a few back exercises in your exercise regimen. (Image source:Getty)

Foot turning out

You're standing straight but notice that one of your feet tends to turn outward, it reveals that you have a tight hip or they are out of alignment. You need to strengthen outer thigh muscles. (Image source:Getty)

One shoulder slightly higher than the other

It is because of the muscular imbalance that one of your shoulders is higher than the other. Shoulder presses and shrugs can help restore the balance. (Image source:Getty)

Rounded shoulders

Rounded shoulders suggest that your chest is weak and back is overstretched. Long hours at the desk can turn you into a hunchback with rounded shoulders. Chest-strengthening exercises and body-weight exercises can help strengthen chest and back. (Image source:Getty)

Forward head

If your head is a little forward than it should be, it could be because of the tight, weak neck muscles. Unhealthy sleep habits or poor posture are the main reasons for weak neck muscles. Try the chin tuck exercise to strengthen muscles of the neck. (Image source:Getty)

Standing with one hip dropped

It reveals a weak gluteus medius muscle, a muscle critical for controlling the hip and knee. It can be helped when you target muscles of the hips. Most of the exercise start with focusing on the hip abductor or the muscle on the outside of the hip that helps lift the leg up and away. (Image source:Getty)

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