So how is your posture right now? Did you just sit up straight after reading the headline and seeing the picture?
If you’re like most people you just perked up a bit and that should tell you something…
Your posture and body position isn’t something you pay much attention to…is it?
I used to be the same way.
Growing up I remember my mom always getting on to me about my slouched posture. I supposed it worked because eventually I started to become fascinated by anatomy, physiology and kinesiology.
This fascination with human movement eventually lead me to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Health and Fitness Coach.
So…I’ve spent at ton of time observing posture and how it affects the quality of our lives. I’m very convinced that our posture has much more to do with our health and well-being than we realize.
Because lets face it…
A poor posture doesn’t really feel that good, it doesn’t look good AND it sets us up for a lot of pain…especially when we move.
We also now have research showing that our body position can have a direct impact on how we see ourselves, as well as how others see us.
Research reveals you’re less likely to listen to someone if they present to you with a poor, slouched posture. And…YOU are perceived less influential and less likely to be heard if you don’t restore the powerfully aligned posture that you deserve.
So…since each one of you have incredible gifts and the ability to make a difference in the world…you might want to fix that slouch 😉
What’s even more fascinating is that your body position can affect your physiology! For instance, when you slouch for as little a 2 minutes your cortisol levels (stress hormone) will go up and testosterone will go down.
This can set you up for all kinds of chronic diseases!
On the flip side when you move towards a “power” posture or optimal alignment the opposite will happen.
So like I mentioned…it’s kind of a big deal!
BUT if we don’t do anything about this problem we are only going to see more pain pills, more headaches, awkward social moments, sad emotions and eventually canes, rolling walkers and wheelchairs.
Trust me I see this everyday and I that’s why I want to help you restore your natural posture.
Did you notice I said, “restore” your natural posture? What I mean by “restore” is that you once had a perfect posture…like when you were 5 years old.
This was before they put you behind a school desk and told you to sit still for the next 15 years of your life. After that, you probably got a desk job and have been sitting there ever since.
How’s that working out for you?
Modern society isn’t helping much either is it? All the texting on the phones, driving in cars and sitting on the couch will wreak havoc on your alignment.
Your body is constantly adapting to its environment and now you’re stuck like the guy in the picture up there.
So…this is going to take a little more then telling you to simply sit up straight. We’ve got to get you unstuck and it’s going to take some work.
That’s what I want to help you with today! But, before we get started it’s important that you understand that if we want to restore your posture we must first address your spine.
In the video below I’ll explain how sitting is ruining your spine and show you 7 things you can about it…
QUICK REFERENCE TO EXERCISES
- seated thoracic extension – 2:03
- standing thoracic rotation – 2:49
- upper thoracic rotation – 3:13
- wall thoracic extension – 3:35
- star drill – 4:30
- shoulder W – 5:10
- crucifix stretch – 5:58
So as you saw in the video there are A LOT of ways The Sitting Solution can help you with your posture and get you out of the pain you’re in.
It’s also an excellent program to prevent you from ever becoming a victim of poor posture and helping you stand up straight as long as you live.
Try these exercises out and let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Also…I’d love to answer any questions you have on movement, posture, pain, etc…
Peace, love and upright postures,