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Last updated at 10:33 BST, Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Stand up straight!

A man doing exercises for keeping the back straight

Many of us do not stand, sit or walk correctly and according to research, people in the UK have the worst posture in Europe. Join Rosie and Kate as they discuss the problems a bad posture can cause and hear from an expert about how we should be walking.

This week's question:

Poor posture can cause back problems. In the UK, how many working days are lost every year due to people staying off work with back pain? Is it:

a: five million

b: five thousand

c: five hundred

Listen out for the answer in the programme.


Stand up straight!

Vocabulary from the programme

a good posture

when someone stands up straight with their shoulders back


a way of sitting or standing with the shoulders hanging forward


to lean forward with your shoulders raised or to bend your back and shoulders into a rounded shape


the way a person walks and stands


when muscles feel tight and stressed


A pain caused by repeating the same action over and over again. It stands for 'repetitive strain injury'

natural alignment

the way our back is supposed to be without any strain or stress being placed on it by the way we walk

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