Everything You Know About ‘Good Posture’ Is Wrong

Could the way you’re aiming to hold your body be making pain worse?

Illustration: Cha Pornea

Good posture has always been more of a cultural ideal than anything else, “a litmus test for the healthy, modern body of the perfect citizen.”

“When people get in that tall, erect position, they do not have their diaphragm in a position to work appropriately as a respiratory muscle.”

I look in the mirror today and have a new appreciation for the fact that I slouch, and that my body isn’t exactly symmetrical.

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Health and culture writer based in Ridgewood, Queens. Slow runner. ameliaharnish.com

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