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2 MINUTES ON... Common posture mistakes.

Byline: DR MIRIAM STOPPARD

Sitting cross-legged

It's instinctive and feels natural, but sitting with your legs crossed puts pressure on your lower back.

In this position, your hips tuck in, making it difficult to sit up straight and causing you to slouch.

Over time, you may develop muscle imbalances in your hips which can cause stiffness and pain in the hips and lower back.

Habits of a lifetime are hard to shake, but for your back's sake, uncross those legs and sit up straight. Over time, it will become second nature and your back will thank you for it.

How to sit correctly: Gently lengthen your neck upwards as you tuck in your chin Pull in your lower tummy muscles to maintain a natural curve in your lower back Bring your shoulder blades back towards your spine

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 13, 2015
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