Posture mistakes that make you look older
We've all been told to sit up straight by teachers, mothers, and just about anyone in the health field. As a wife to a physical therapist, I am often called out for my poor posture while slouching over the kitchen counter checking my phone.
Sure, we're supposed to stand up straight, because . . . why again? We've always been told do so, but what is the big deal? It turns out posture affects just about every area of our bodies. According to the Mayo Clinic, poor posture can lead to headaches, neck and back pain, knee and hip pain, shoulder pain, and even fatigue and breathing problems.
While of course I don't want to develop chronic pain, those risks aren't always enough to pull me off the kitchen counter. However, the risk of looking older got my attention. Just like how I wear sunscreen to avoid wrinkles instead of skin cancer, I'm ready to sit up straight if it gives me that youthful glow. Here are just some of the ways that good posture can keep you looking young and fit and how poor posture can age you.