At some point in our school days, most of us have come across someone being told to sit or stand up straight (let's face it, sometimes it was us!). As developing children and young adults, good posture was mainly stressed to discourage poor spinal development and related health issues. Though this isn't really emphasized past school days as we're presumed to stop growing, posture continues to be important for everyone of all ages. Poor posture while writing, typing, or using a mouse can lead to issues like carpal tunnel syndrome, which is quite painful and often requires surgery to correct. Studies have shown that slouching increases feelings of depression, low confidence, high stress, and low energy. Slouching forces your head and shoulders to come forward (eg rounded shoulder appearance) and may curve your upper back unnaturally as well (think about the Hunchback of Notre Dame). This can lead to issues like pain in your jaw, head, shoulder, back, neck, and ribs as well as even gastrointestinal problems. Walking or slouching with a leaning appearance may force your hips to tilt forward which can flatten your gluts and make your abdominal area appear pushed out even if there is no fat there. Your posture can be helped with the following support: Stretches and exercises Regularly used everyday items with ergonomic support (eg chairs, neck support, shoes, etc.) Making an effort to practice good posture regularly Are you confident enough to test your posture? Try this test: [video=youtube;tM-7MFJXRUk]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tM-7MFJXRUk[/video] ***Remember to stand in a straight line, with your feet directly below your hips. Do you have good posture already or do you need to work on it?