Slouching Not So Bad After All?

That advice your mother gave you, you know: "Sit up straight!" A new study found that it's bad for your back. Using an MRI, Researchers studied three sitting positions. The best one is leaning way back, at a 135 degree angle, like you would on a lazy-boy. In the middle: hunching over. And the worst position for your back? Sitting upright at a 90-degree angle.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with good news for slouchers.

That advice your mother gave you, you know, sit up straight. A new study found it's bad for your back. Using an MRI, researchers studied three sitting positions. The best one is leaning way back like you would on a La-Z-boy at a 135 degree angle, in the middle, hunching over; and the worst position for your back - sitting upright at a 90-degree angle.

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