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What’s the skinny on Good Posture

 

Stop and look at how you are sitting right now. Odds are you are slouching, your legs are crossed, you are resting on your elbows, your head is tilted, and your back is twisted. Is it any wonder that you make “your grandfather’s noises” whenever you get out of your chair? What if someone told you there was a way to add height to your frame, trim some flab from around your middle, and look more vibrant — instantly, and without spending a cent? You’d sign up, right away, of course.

The truth is, you can get all these benefits from following a simple bit of advice your mother gave you long ago: Stand up straight.

In the rush to become leaner, stronger, healthier versions of our former selves, many of us neglect our posture.

Standing up in proper ailnment helps our bodies breathe better too. When we breathe better we stimulate our metabolism and are also able to burn calories faster. Standing up and breathing better go hand in hand and also help us feel better.

Core strength is all about posture. It’s the way you stand — it’s keeping your shoulders back. It’s standing tall with length in your spine and pulling the belly button into the spine and the lower back.

It’s important to develop strength in your core (or trunk) as the muscles around this area protect your spine and help prevent back injury. Core training focuses on muscular areas of the abdominals including obliques (your sides), upper and lower back (deltoids, rhomboids), hips (gluteals, hip flexors, psoas), outer and inner thighs (abductors and adductors), hamstrings, even some pectorals and triceps work. When you build strength in the core to maintain healthy alignment, you will move, twist and bend without injury. Healthy posture allows you to keep moving and burning calories

Poor core strength is an occupational hazard should you work in an office. Your body is not designed to sit eight or nine hours a day.  If you work at a desk it’s advised to take regular screen breaks, stretching and sitting with your tummy tight, shoulders, back and knees slightly soft.

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