Well Being

17 Things You Do Every Day That Are Actually Ruining Your Posture

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If you're looking down at your screen as you read this right now, you might want to straighten up. And if you're thinking that your iPhone scrolling position is no big deal because it's a harmless gesture and you feel totally fine… Well, think again.

It turns out that some of the most basic tasks that you do every day could be destroying your posture. And this, in turn, could lead to problems like poor balance, bad circulation, and neck and back pain. But aside from the physical effects, studies have also shown that your posture can affect your mood. Damn. In 2015, researchers from the University of Auckland found that “adopting an upright seated posture in the face of stress can maintain self-esteem, reduce negative mood, and increase positive mood compared to a slumped posture.” (So if you're a sloucher and you tend to be moody all the time, now you understand why!)

See all the bad posture habits you need to ditch ASAP, as well as what you can do to avoid them.