Look around you today and study other people’s posture and you will discover a shocking scenario. The vast majority of adults are standing or walking incorrectly to the extent that they could be creating muscle trouble for themselves without knowing it. Too much slouching, shoulders hunched, chest inwards are all too obvious as people are unaware of the benefits of good posture.
If a person’s body is in good balance it can maintain good posture with minimal effort whereby all the muscles are working in harmony to support alignment. In comparison, a body out of balance will find it tires quickly when working to strengthen weaker muscles.
But why should a person wish to discover good posture and then be able to maintain it naturally? By being able to maintain this will assist you in counteracting the effects of gravity brought about by aging. If you’re using your muscles to sit and stand as tall as your skeletal frame permits, you will be able to counteract the worst of the aging process that involves shrinkage and thus a reduction in height. The second benefit is though little effort is required to maintain a good posture, it will far exceed the problems with your feet, knees, hips, back, shoulders and the neck that are a direct result of historic bad posture over many years.
A third and great hidden benefit of maintaining a good posture is quite simply that you are strengthening the body to achieve better health. It really is good to realise that by the simple task of sitting and standing correctly by adopting good posture, you will be benefitting your health. Think of it as a workout. Yet you do not have to attend the gym or copy the action on a fitness dvd, it is continuous as long as you maintain good body posture.
You will need to discover and start practicing the methods of good body posture and to then recognise the body position and feel when the correct posture is attained. This will assist you when at times, and during the early days it is only natural, your body posture slips back to the original positions that the body recognises but has been doing you damage over perhaps many years. In addition, there is a need to become familiar with the correct exercises within your daily routine that will have the effect of reinforcing good posture habits.
With the desire for better posture and the health benefits it brings, many more people are turning to pilates as a natural exercise programme that can be undertaken in their own home at their convenience, which concentrates on complete muscle toning and ensures that a good body posture becomes the norm.