Keeping a straight back is a hard thing to do - especially when sitting at a computer all day.
It starts out with good intentions, and before you know it, the shoulders start to sag, the back becomes a bit hunched, and the abs get really tired of holding themselves in and just let it all go.
There are many health benefits for making correct posture a part of life and making it second nature will eventually be the norm once you get all the muscles trained properly.
It does require thinking about it and doing it. That is really all the cost to it - no extra time to squeeze in a new routine and no cash payout for another unneeded exercise gadget.
And the benefits are tremendous.
That deep breathing that I talked about a couple of posts ago, well it actually helps to promote it - you want to take a deep breath to feed the working muscles with fresh oxygen. So now you are doing two exercises at once.
This next problem really hits home with me - indigestion and heartburn.
Keeping the correct posture actually aids in digestion - keeps the food moving down using that dreaded gravity that we all hate to think about as we get older. At least it works for something.
And here's one of the best reasons to sit straight and keep the abs in - it uses calories.
It doesn't burn a lot of calories, but over time it will add up and it will make a difference when trying to loose the extra weight and tone things up.
You will feel better as you walk and sit taller. It will affect your mental and physical heath in a positive manner.
It really does feel good - give it a try. Back straight, abs in, and breathe deep.
It only takes a nanosecond to remember to do it - that's it.
And did I mention - it's free!