In a time when people spend most of their day sitting behind a computer or looking down at their phone, stretching is an underutilized and easy method to improve your posture.

Generally, posture is defined as the relative position of the body in space. Correct posture  minimizes strain on the human body by maintaining balance of the muscles and skeleton during dynamic movements and stasis. This balanced musculoskeletal state protects the supporting structures in the body and prevents damage or progressive deformation; usually appearing as  rounded shoulders, forward neck posture or pelvic tilt. Without stretching muscles can shorten and become tight, pulling your posture out of alignment. Leading to increased incidences of injury and those daily aches and pains most of us are all too familiar with.

Stretching typically focuses on increasing the length of a musculotendinous unit, in essence increasing the distance between a muscle's origin and insertion. On a large scale, this allows proper space for the  body’s joints to release back into their proper anatomical position. A consistent full body stretching program will improve muscles flexibility and strength, leading to improved range of motion, functionality, and better posture overall.

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