How Habits Relate to Your Posture

Is your Posture Genetic or Learned


There is a difference between a habit and a genetic disorder, including when it comes to your posture.  A habit is an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.  Like tying your shoe, brushing your teeth, driving, etc. A genetic disorder is a disease that is caused by an abnormality in an individual’s DNA.

So, is your posture something you are born with or do your habits develop your posture. Although both genetics and habits will play a role for most people, our habits have the biggest impact on what our posture looks like.

Let’s take a look at 3 very basic daily postures.  We are in these postures whether we are at home, at work, or on vacation. Do you habitually perform these 3 basic postures correctly? See chart below to do a Posture Check.

3 Basic Daily Postures:

1. Sitting

2. Standing

3. Sleeping


Whether you have good posture or poor posture, you can use the above Posture Check to create habits that will have a positive impact on your posture.  

In summary: Your daily habits have the biggest impact on your posture.

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Kathryn Haynes, D.C.