Female doing a plank getting a stronger core and better posture

How we care for our bodies in a static position directly affects how our bodies perform in an active position. 

Strengthening your core and practicing good posture are both crucial to maintaining your overall physical health. When you spend ample time in ergonomically compromising positions, like hunched over a desk or curled up on the couch, your abdominal muscles and posture pay the price. 

OrthoCarolina's Matthew Erbe, PT, teamed up with Work For Your Beer to explore why core strength and good posture are so important, how they're related and easy ways you can improve both.

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Here's a simple posture check you can do anywhere with a comfortable seat:

  • Feet: Keep your feet flat on the ground, with a comfortable bend in your knees.
  • Hips/Tailbone: Sit on your sit bones, not sliding forward or slouched in your chair so that you're sitting on your tailbone.
  • Core: Gently activate your abdominal muscles by pulling your lower abdomen towards your spine.   
  • Chest/Shoulders: Gently point your chest toward the sky and squeeze your shoulder blades together and downward. 

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