Hey! You’re slouching. You’re doing it right now. Straighten your spine, chin up, rest your forearms on the table if there is one. There, now we may begin.

So, all the heavy backpacks, late nights leaning over text books, and doing work in awkward positions in my bed has caught up with my bones. And, I haven’t even fixed it: like, right now my posture as I’m typing this is so horrific I think it could give a chiropractor arthritis.

Keep that spine in line, kids.

But real talk: making sure your bones, you back, your joints, your spine, all of ‘em are functioning properly is crazy important. So, I’m writing this article to do some research for me so I change my bad posture habits, and for you so that maybe tomorrow you’ll sit up a little straighter.

Increase in stress

One key negative affect ties into power poses. When you stand tall, take up space, and keep your head up, you feel more confident and upbeat. But, if you’re slouching, bending your neck, or just generally pulling in your body, the opposite effect occurs. This means more stress and feelings of anxiety. Since when you sit for long periods of time your body slows down, this effect combined with bad posture makes for a decrease in optimism and increase in feelings of sadness.

And, as we have seen countless times, stress ain’t good for your body.

These are some of the effects of stress on the body. (Source: Wikipedia).

Pressure on bones and joints

Another issue is that it puts pressure on the wrong places of your body – straining your neck and back, and chest, and even your forehead. That’s why sitting up straight and cracking your back feel so good – it feels like it’s relieving some of that tension. In fact, having horrible posture can actually alter the shape of your body as the joints weaken.

One good way to relieve your joints and strengthen your skeletal muscles again is through stretching or light yoga.

Constricts lungs and intestines

Two things that may not immediately come to your mind when you think of bad posture are the negative effects it has on your digestive and respiratory systems.

By hunching over, you compress your diaphragm which makes it harder to breathe normally – as you would standing upright. For your digestive system, not only does stress increase indigestion, but it also is constricted by bad posture. Standing or sitting up straight will help these systems in your body function more smoothly.

(Image source: Washington Post)

Lastly, since bad posture puts the straight on all the wrong body parts, it takes the strain off of the right ones. When you slouch and sit down, your abs are not engaged anymore which weakens them and can alter your appearance when you stand up.

Basically, there’s nothing good about bad posture. So keep that spine in line!