Do you have back pain or poor posture? So many people stand with their shoulders hunched and in a slouching position which is very bad for your spine and body overall. The worst part is, people don’t even realize they have poor posture. As a yoga instructor, I hone in on lengthening and straightening the spine in all of my classes to improve posture and I take my yoga practice into everything I do as a personal trainer as well.
From what I’ve experienced and researched, proper posture is important for several reasons:
- It allows muscles to be used efficiently and effectively which decreases unnecessary stress on the body.
- It help to prevent backaches.
- It decreases abnormal wearing of joints that could cause arthritis.
- It helps open the airways to enhance breathing which enhances oxygen flow to the rest of the body.
- It can improve first impressions, exude confidence and improve self-confidence.
How, you may ask, do we improve our posture? That may sound easier than it sounds but it takes continuous, constant practice. Here are some ways you can improve your posture daily:
- Work with your trainer to build stronger upper back muscles. Your traps, rear delts, and rhomboids must strengthen to improve your posture.
- During your own workout routine at home or in the gym, focus on standing straight with your shoulders up and slightly back. Make sure your neck and back are always aligned.
- Daily reinforcement is also important. Something as simple as adjusting the seat in your car, so you are sitting up straight and close enough to avoid unintentional hunching of your shoulders is great practice for good posture.
- If you sit at a desk all day, it is crucial to be aware of your posture. Make sure you are sitting up straight in your chair at all times. You can set reminders on your phone every hour, so you remember to check and adjust your posture. You could also try and see if a standing desk is an option in your workplace.
Remember, posture is so important for your whole body, and it can help heal back and neck aches you may be experiencing. Sit up tall, puff your chest up, bring your shoulder blades together and take a deep breath. You might feel like you look a little funny, but trust me, you won’t! Think about your overall health and freeing yourself of any aches and pains you have. Keeping all this in mind and focusing on that proper posture your mom always told you to have will bring better health and awareness to your body in no time!
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