Lousy posture creates problems that go far beyond appearance. It puts uneven pressure on the vertebrae, contributing to chronic neck, back and shoulder pain and disk degeneration… creates wear-and-tear on joints and bones… and causes muscle stiffness and fatigue. Poor posture also compresses the lungs, heart and intestines, compromising oxygen intake, weakening the cardiovascular system and impairing digestion. It is even linked to an increased risk for earlier mortality.
Lung Capacity & Poor Posture
Every system is affected by the unnatural compression caused by poor posture. Think about this: If you’re bent forward compressing your lungs, your lung capacity is reduced. Breath is essential to health, and the inability to take a full, deep breath means your body isn’t getting the oxygen it needs to stay healthy and energetic. When your body folds forward with poor posture you’re likely unaware that your breathing changes leading to short shallow breaths.
You can improve your ability to take deep breaths by fixing your posture with corrective exercise, changing your sitting, work and leisure habits, and practicing StrongPosture® breathing. Making a habit of deep diaphragmatic breaths like we teach in the StrongPosture® program will soon lead to training new patterns.
7 Steps to StrongPosture® program incorporates an extremely important step that focuses on breath. The 4th Step “Breathe Strong” takes your through:
- Core Breathing
- Stronger Breathing
- Diaphragmatic Breath + Motion
- Breath Focus
- StrongPosture® Breathing
- Core Breathing + Motion
Bottom Line interviewed health expert Dr. Steven Weiniger about this topic and more as it relates to women’s postural health. Read the Article – Bottom Line Women’s Health
Dr. Steven Weiniger