07 Apr 2017
Improve your Posture!
Improve your Posture!
Your posture says a lot about your personality. It also says a lot about how your joints and muscles are working. Imagine a strong, powerful, confident person standing in front of you. What kind of posture does that person have? No doubt chest proud, shoulders back, standing tall? A person who looks ready to take on the world.
How you look and feel is directly related to your posture. Despite the importance of having good posture, most of us don't do anything to improve it. We go about our lives with hunched backs and imbalanced hips, and deal with pain because we think it's normal. Living with bad posture can be a dangerous thing; the muscle and ligament imbalances that result from poor alignment can lead to all sorts of problems including headaches, fatigue, stiffness, chronic back, neck and shoulder pain.
By understanding proper posture, you can learn about your own postural deviations and determine which corrective exercises will work best to improve your alignment. Most postural deviations occur because the muscles that work to hold a joint in place are imbalanced. What does this mean? One muscle group will be too tight and the opposing muscle group will be too loose or weak - they are out of balance. When imbalances like these occur, over active muscles compensate for under active muscles, which cause tension, fatigue, and discomfort. For example, those with shoulders that hunch forward too far often have tight pectoral muscles that pull the shoulders forward and rotate them in towards the mid line of the body. Pair tight pecs with weak back muscles and you have an imbalance that pulls the shoulder girdle away from its ideal position. The easiest and most effective way to correct imbalances is to stretch the over active muscles and to strengthen the under active muscles. MyStretch&FlexZone will give you guidance on how to assess your posture and advice on what stretching and strengthening exercises should be undertaken to address imbalances. Making the effort to correct your alignment and posture will make you stronger, your muscles will work more efficiently, you will help prevent pain or injury, and you will look and feel a great deal better.