Hi everyone, I wanted to do a semi short post about using the correct posture. I knew a guy, well know a guy whose name is David aka Chape. He had a guest post talking about using posture and ways to help you so that you can work on it, especially if you are one to sit at an office all day. I would highly recommend his blog post -----> https://chapeblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/guest-post-a-good-posture-at-middleme/. I decided after being complimented at the store on my posture, I wanted to write something about it. I know it doesn't seem like a huge deal, but it actually is and it plays a part in our body alignment, and can be the determining factor as we age in how well our gait is.  My professor of my 'Biomechanics" class before I graduated, told our class to pay attention to the way people walk, stand, sit and think about their body mechanics.  This isn't normally something I would do, unless someone was walking in a way that catches my eye, but he said he does it and it comes natural to him.  I now can understand this, because with me wanting to be a personal trainer; taking note of all these things can come handy when I am training my client.  If posture was never a huge deal to you, then maybe after reading this, you will decide to pay more attention to your posture and be more observant of others (even if it comes to no use for you).  Personally I have a harder time keeping my posture when I am at a keyboard versus when I am standing. I use to have bad overall posture because it was comfortable, and because I didn't care, now I walk like I have some confidence and with dignity but I still have issues with sitting at a computer using good posture (something I will continue to work on).  Now let us get started. 

 

Poor posture results from certain muscles tightening up or shortening while others lengthen and become weak, which often occurs as a result of one's daily activities.

 

To have "good posture" means to be aware of always holding yourself in a way that puts the least strain on your back. 

 

Health problems from poor posture:

 

  1. headaches and jaw pains-  leaning your head forward while sitting make it more likely for you to clench your jaw (tightening your facial muscles can lead to headaches and jaw pains)Repeated jaw clenching can contribute to tension in the temporomandibular joint (wearing it down overtime) and this could include neck and upper back pain. 
  2. Shoulder & back pains- slouching can cause pain and muscle tension. Also if you try to pull the shoulders backwards (over-correcting) then it can create pain and stiffness in your back. Overtime slouching your back can cause permanently rounded shoulders or joint degeneration in your spinal column.
  3. Reduced lung function- It said that leaning or hunching forward can impact your lung capacity by 30 percent. This means when your lungs do not perform as well, your heart and brain (among other tissues) do not receive as much oxygenated blood. All of which can lead to shortness of breath, clouded thinking, heart and vascular disease. 
  4. Gastrointestinal pains- poor posture can effect your effectiveness of the gastrointestinal system. 
Posture exercises: 
  1. The 'Y raise'
  2. Right angle press
  3. high row
  4. T-stretch
  5. do head nods daily
  6. shoulder shrugs
  7. shoulder rolls
  8. chest stretch
  9. standing side bends
Those are just some to name a few, it is important to strengthen your core muscles and to work on strengthening back muscles as well.  If you do not know how to perform one or more of these exercises, feel free to look up a video or picture to guide you. Hopefully this information has helped you put things into perspective, there are many things to learn about having good posture.  If you follow this link, it gives you a step by step introduction to having good posture. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic_Posture_for_a_Healthy_Back
Thank you for taking time to read my post, have a wonderful evening!
 
Your fitness blogger, 
Shay-lon xoxo