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How important is your posture for your joints' health?

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Slouching isn't good for your joints. Standing and sitting up straight protect your joints from your neck to your knees. Good posture also helps guard your hip joints and back muscles.

Posture is also important when lifting and carrying. For example, if you use a backpack, put it over both shoulders instead of slinging it over one. Being lopsided puts more stress on your joints. When lifting, use the biggest muscles in your body: bend at your knees instead of bending your back.

From: Caring for Your Joints WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "Protect Your Joints."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Exercise and Bone Health," "Do I Have Arthritis?"

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Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "Protect Your Joints."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Exercise and Bone Health," "Do I Have Arthritis?"

ChooseMyPlate.gov.

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

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