Posture Exercise is taking a few minutes a day to keep your body moving in the ways you don’t usually move.
Twenty first century life has created the 21st century posture. Computers and automation mean most of us use our bodies far less, and in less balanced ways, than our grandparents did.
Modern conveniences such as prepared foods, washing machines and dishwashers means less physical work at home.
Over time, the habit of less activity in general added to lack of motion and constant muscle strain of sitting creates muscle imbalance. Muscles that are used repetitively over-strengthen while the unused muscles weaken. Joints are stressed and move unevenly, paving the way for both low grade postural pain and episodes of low back, neck and other muscle/joint/motion problems. Over time, arthritis and joint breakdown accumulate as you “move old”.
Frequently Asked PostureExercise FAQ
1. I Sit All Day. How Will Posture Exercise Help Me?
Twenty first century life has created the 21st century posture. We use our bodies differently than our grandparents did. We sit far more than a human body was designed to.
Muscles come in sets, and every muscle has a partner muscle for balance. When we sit, we only use one muscle in a set. So, when we sit for much of our day, we are overusing some muscles and under-using others.
Posture exercises are designed to stretch the over-used muscles, and stengthen the neglected muscles.
2. I Exercise A Lot, Why Do I Need To Do Posture Exercises?
Practice makes permanent, not perfect. If you have ever had an injury, your body motion probably is not ideally balanced. So, if you can learn to feel a more normal, balanced, controlled motion with a daily posture stretch, you can carry that feeling into other athletic endeavors.
Posture exercise helps athletes restore balance, ensuring optimal sports performance.
3. Can I Learn PostureExercises From A Video?
Yes and no. The joints and muscles do not move in balance when there is a posture, muscle or joint problem. The body's motion will follow a "trick", or adapting pattern of motion. Therefore, copying someone else’s movements by watching a video often results in performing the same trick movements.
Learning basic PostureExercises from a video is a good beginning, but it is recommended that you have a trained professional evaluate and coach you towards balanced motion. Proper form allows you to strengthen normal movement patterns.
4. How Do PostureExercises Affect Healthspan?
Bodies all have a basic need to move. Exercise strengthens muscles, while inactivity weakens them. Joint problems and stiffness usually mean that joints are not being moved in a full, normal range of motion. This limited movement results in the muscles that normally move the joints to become weaker.
We’ve all heard, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.” Half of the body is muscle, bone, and joint, and its purpose is to move. If you don’t keep your body moving, you will gradually lose the ability to move well.
5. What About PostureExercise As An Anti-Aging LifeHabit?
With age, the joints stiffen and muscles get tight. The common bent over posture of old age occurs as a result of the body adapting to long-term poor posture. As posture becomes more bent forward the muscles have to work harder to keep the body balanced, which makes the muscles progressively tighter.
PostureBall and other PostureExercises move the spine and other joints in seldom used patterns, stretching tight muscles and ligaments. When a joint is kept moving fully and freely the muscles controlling that joint stay strong, the joint stays lubricated, and the normal mechanical stress in the joint is distributed over a greater surface area. Plus, PostureExercises require balance, so the body's balance muscles are worked and strengthened.
Choosing a daily PostureStretch is an anti-aging LifeHabit to keep your body moving. Age is a state of mind... as well as body.