Why is good posture important when losing weight?

It’s always important to practice good posture. Not only when you’re losing weight. Your muscles will adapt and remember certain positions you keep them in for extended periods of time. So if you sit with a slouch, your muscles will remember, and try to keep this position. If you practice good posture, and make sure you get sufficient movement throughout the day, you can prevent having poor posture, and the later injuries associated with it.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Engaging in good posture will not only strengthen your core, but will also add a small extra-calorie burn, because you're working slightly harder to maintain the position. If you find your shoulders rolling forward, practice interweaving your hands behind your butt as you talk to people.

How to achieve it? Practice perfect posture—while sitting, standing, or walking—by tightening your abdominals (suck your belly button to your spine). Visualize a straight line from the top of your head down to your hamstrings, making sure to keep your neck and shoulders back and relaxed down away from your ears. Visualize a string pulling you up from the top center of your head—elongating your spine.
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