In this month’s newsletter, the Fit Pro tip is all about posture. But what is good posture? Many of us have been trying to “sit up straight” like we may have been told as children, but is “straight” really what we should be trying to achieve?
Here are a few, quick tips to start doing NOW:
- Sit up TALL, but not straight. When we try to sit up straight, many people extend or flatten their thoracic spine, which creates fatigue and soreness, and doesn’t
This woman is leaning forward, and flattening the thoracic spine, putting a lot of strain on the back. Over time, this can cause pain, muscle fatigue, and is not what we want in our “good posture”.
really help our posture. Instead, focus on lengthening throughout the ENTIRE SPINE, keeping its natural curves, and engage your back and abdominal muscles to further support the spinal column.
- Get up and move. Every hour AT LEAST, move around in a “liquid” way. One example is to stand with wide feet and pretend you are using a hula hoop. Releasing stored tension and “lotioning” the joints every so often goes a long way toward creating good posture.
- Dump restrictive clothing. Your clothing should accommodate natural movement, whether you’re in slacks, skirt,, or sweatpants. If you can’t hinge at the hips when you bend, don’t wear it (sorry, but this means “skinny” jeans). Short term fashion trends are not worth long-term postural imbalances.
Comment with your own stories and experiences, and BE WELL!