Learning to perfect your posture boosts your active life and your results in the gym. The better your posture, the greater your range of motion and the stronger you get. The stronger you get, the harder you train, and the more muscle you add. The more muscle you add, the faster your metabolism, and the leaner your body and better your health. Not to mention that you’ll reap the health benefits of straightening up.
So how do you do it?
“You’ve got to work at it a little,” says Steven Weiniger, DC, author of Stand Taller Live Longer. “You have four basic PostureZones: Your head, torso, pelvis and legs, and your posture is dictated by how you balance them.”
Think of blocks that are irregularly shaped balancing one on top of the other,” says Weiniger. “Ideally, when facing front, you should be able to draw a straight line from between your feet to your bellybutton, and through your nose. From the side, this line goes through your ankle, hip, shoulder and ear.”
Improving posture during workouts will help strengthen posture in every day life. To accomplish this you’ll need to start with a basic posture check to build awareness, and then blend a great posture exercise routine, with focus and good daily habits.
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Interview with posture specialist Dr. Steven Weiniger by Lara McGlashan
Dr. Steven Weiniger
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