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Posture 101: Why Is Posture So Important?

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One of the things we see a lot of is people with back pain from text neck — looking down at their phones — but we also see people walking around who have adapted to bad posture. Slouchy, arched back walking and standing can be bad for your health. But how?

Bad posture can deepen depression

A study conducted by the San Francisco State University found that when asking people walking down a hill to either skip or slouch, that those who skipped not only had higher energy levels, but also were generally happier and less depressed.

It can cause aches and pains all over your body

Because slouching causes your shoulders to come forward along with your neck and head, you may be experiencing pain that you don’t know is due to your slouching. You can experience pain in your neck, back, shoulders, and even your jaw. Slouching and poor posture can put lots of strain on the lower back as well.

It backs you up – in more way than one!

Poor posture, including crossing of the legs one over another, can back up blood flow, bodily fluids, and gases around your body. Poor posture such as sitting crunched up can cause you to experience back ups in the body related to your bathroom habits, too, due to the way your intestines may be positioned in your body.

Makes you look heavier than you are

Bad posture can make you round your back and roll your shoulders forward, giving you a thicker profile. By fixing your posture, you may find that you not only look skinnier, but you’ll also be happier with your overall look.

Take a look at this infographic that explains more:

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Avoiding the Flu: 3 Tips for Staying Healthy during Flu Season

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This year has been a terrible year for the flu. It’s luckily not the worst ever recorded flu year, but it’s definitely brutal. This flu season seems the worst because it started early — according to the CDC, it started in November. 49 states were hit with the flu, and of course it just keeps spreading from there.

Keeping yourself healthy when you’re surrounded by the flu — people coming in to work when they’re sick, people in the general public being sick, or being in a healthcare industry dealing with sick people — can be hard. We’ve got some tips to help you stay safe during this brutal flu season.

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Establishing your 2018 Resolution for Better Health

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Many of us make New Year’s resolutions and never stick to them. Whether it’s losing weight, using Facebook less, or any other New Year’s resolution, it’s hard to keep up after the first few weeks. It’s like you start with a lot of gusto, and then over the next few weeks you’re tuckered out, your will to continue dwindling. Just like when you purchased a FitBit, and then wore it and… Never used it again.

One of the New Year’s resolutions you should consider is trying to improve your health. Since you only get one body, you should resolve to form a year-long plan rather than a vague “resolution”. Improving your physical health leads to improving your mental health, which can overall improve your happiness and healthiness. Wouldn’t you love that?

Here are some goals you should consider setting forth for your New Year’s resolution for better health:

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5 Stress Relief Tips for the Holidays

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We know that the holidays can be a difficult time of year. With lots of rushing around, making plans, shopping, and stress over money and visiting family, we know that it can be difficult to remember that stressing can affect your health in a detrimental way. That’s why we’ve got some great holiday tips and tricks to help you beat the stress this holiday season.

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ACA Open Enrollment: What you should know

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It’s almost time for the annual open enrollment period for the affordable care act (ACA) also known as “Obamacare”. Open enrollment for health insurance through the market this year runs from November 1st, 2017 to December 15th, 2017. This is a shorter enrollment period than before, so please make sure you plan accordingly. Plans sold through open enrollment will begin January 1st, 2018. Open enrollment period is meant for anyone who is interested in receiving coverage for the marketplace. You can enroll with ACA coverage at other periods throughout the year depending on if you had a life event (death, birth, change of jobs, significant life changes).

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