Some easy ways to improve your posture!
But wait, what is bad posture and how is it caused?
Bad posture is when the body is out of balance often causing the shoulders to round and the lower back to over-arch.
The causes are manifold but are often due to poor sitting postion at a desk, poor sleeping position, a lack of exercise and childhood stress. Yes, its not just bad habits as an adult but the fact that our frames rapidly develop at a young age. Imagine 4 year old in an unhappy home sat with rounded shoulders to protect themselves. Or the common scenario of letting a baby ‘cry it out’ at night which puts a massive stress on a developing nervous system. Such situations all have an impact on tension in the body as an adult. Posture is a complex issue and healing on an emotional level and releasing tension from the body and mind, through means such as talking therapy, yoga, meditation, massage and having pleasant breaks from work is just as important as physical exercise. However, movement and strengthening exercises do play a massive role in postural correction.
This article from Very Well Health explains nicely about ideal posture.
Muscles are meant to move and be strong. All of them. Most people just do one or two types of exercise such as walking or jogging. Whilst all movement is good, just walking will not really work your shoulders. When there’s a lack of balance in what muscles you strengthen or then there’s a lack of alignment in your body. Did you know that most people’s glutes and abs are really underdeveloped which doesn’t support the pelvis to keep you aligned? Remedy? Stretch and strengthen the right muscles to re-balance areas of weakness.
What about massage or chiropractor appointments for posture?
Wellbeing appointments like massage release pressure from the body and help the muscles relax. They energise you and might give you a boost to practice other forms of self care like exercise. But appointments by themselves cannot improve posture. They have to be in combination with stretching and strengthening the right muscles like this lovely shoulder therapy video..
Pilates pilates pilates!
Is so good to strengthen the core and subtle leg muscles to keep you aligned. Core which is mostly bum and tum should be toned which helps prevent lower back pain and a misaligned pelvis. Footballers do it, celebs do it, I do it, my partner’s mum does it. Do you do it?!
Feel good by strengthening all your lovely muscles not just the legs! All the tools to do this are ready to hand: local exercise classes, Youtube videos, dumbells, resistance bands, the wall! Personally I focus on upper back exercises to strengthen the muscles in between the shoulders by following various shoulder workout videos. As well as pilates videos. I try and do around 20 minutes a day of this plus generic exercise like walking, jogging and swimming.
If you want a personalised program a physio or decent personal trainer should provide this. Or here is a free complete posture exercise program to follow.
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