Better posture may help your mood, memory, and self-esteem

(CNN) — Better posture may lead to a better mood, memory and self-esteem; and if you’re suffering from lower back pain, better posture will have positive effects for that too.

Poor posture can cause serious back pain, making it the second most common reason people go to the doctor, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. A New York spinal surgeon suggests a few things you can do to improve your posture.

  • Deep belly breathing. It enables the spinal nerves to move within the spinal channels, diminishing pain.
  • Neck stretches using range-of-motion exercises, such as stretching your neck side-to-side, up-and-down and ear-to-shoulder.
  • Using light weights and performing some yoga poses like downward dog can help improve posture.
  • Push-ups are also great, as they can strengthen the spinal and postural muscles.

Also pay attention to how you are sleeping. The ideal position is on your side. That puts the least amount of pressure on the spine.

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