I want you to turn to your side and look in the mirror.
- Is your head in line with your spine?
- Is your chin forward or tilted down or up?
- Are your shoulder blades sticking out?
- Do you see a lot of rounding in your upper back?
If you answered yes to any of those your posture needs some attention.
Now, I don’t believe anyone’s posture is “Perfect.” We are all made differently. But we do need to find the perfect posture for our own body and the activities we perform on a daily basis so that our body can perform at its best.
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Step 1: OPEN UP
Squeeze your shoulder blades together. Over-emphasize a big chest stretch. Lift your chin up to the sky if that feels good to you.
Step 2: HOLD IT
Hold this big chest stretch for 1-2 minutes, two or three times per day. If you’re really trying to change your posture you’ll learn that doing one stretch a day is better than none, but doing this 2-3 times per day really makes the difference.
Step 3: BE CONSISTENT
Keep it up! Find new ways to stretch and open up through the front of your body.
A slouched posture will affect a lot more than just your back and neck. While that pain is uncomfortable, there are even bigger things going on inside your body when you slouch:
- You can’t breathe as deeply because you’re restricting your diaphragm from expanding.
- Your digestive tract can get a bit squished, which may lead to issues like IBS and indigestion.
If you are a runner, your posture is EXTRA important. If you slouch when you’re running your glutes won’t engage to their full potential which can lead to muscle imbalances, possibly muscle cramping and pain.
Kate works with clients who are on a path of self improvement and want to restore/maintain an active lifestyle.
She focuses on muscle health, calming the mind and relaxing the body!
Call Kate to book an appointment: 902.397.1233