Posture Perfect Patterns

Your posture is everything when it comes to exercise, sitting , standing, lying down, lifting, pulling, pushing and living  life in general. There is more than a few things you can do on your own to self evaluate your posture on a daily basis.

Awareness is key to recognizing poor posture,  you must first identify it.

Some of the causes of poor posture include obesity,pregnancy, nursing,  poor sitting and standing postures, inflexibility or weakness in joints and muscles and an ergonomically incorrect work space.

Signs of poor posture include holding your head and neck too far forward or down, slouching and rolling (or hunching) your shoulders, clamping down a phone receiver between your shoulder and neck, slouching forward while sitting, arching your lower back too much while driving, and sitting on your wallet in your hip pants pocket…just to name a few.

The negative effects of poor posture extend into vertebral complications, muscular strains, progressively fixed spine, back pain & weakness, headaches , hip erosion, muscular fatigue from over worked stabilizer muscles, constricted blood vessels, lower oxygen levels in the blood, declination of balance, and more.

Why go through the pain of horrible posture? When the benefit of excellent posture yields the results you really want!

Consider the benefits of good posture, such as more oxygen rich blood, eliminates low back pain, core strength, maintains your appearance of confidence, reduces slouching & increases height for a more slimming effect.

For good sitting posture, sit with your back straight (until it burns)  and your buttocks at the back of your chair, recommends the NASM Personal Trainer Manual.

Keep your feet flat on the floor and bend your knees at a right angle. When standing, you should be able to draw an imaginary straight line from your earlobe through your shoulder, hip, knee and the middle of your ankle.

Stay strong and get stronger! No slouching! See you at the gym.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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