Are there ways to impact how to live longer? Researchers believe that posture is an indicator of how well you will age. In fact, it’s also an indicator of how long you will live. This is such a hot topic that the Sun Sentinel interviewed Dr. Steven Weiniger on how posture can improve balance, movement, flexibility, and strength.
How to Live Longer
Anti aging experts will tell you that posture is a big indicator of how well you will age. In fact, people who are bent over with rounded shoulders or a hunched back often have breathing issues. This is largely due to reduced lung capacity. Moreover, it’s not optimal for a long life.
Seniors who walk bent over while looking at their shoes are far more likely to fall and be injured – and once a senior falls, the chances they will fall again skyrocket… as do the chances of hospitalization and life threatening injuries.
Posture is an Indicator of How Long You’ll Live
“Posture affects everything we do. We want people to build an awareness about their posture, to know their body, and to teach them to move with greater symmetry and balance,” says Dr. Steven Weiniger, an Atlanta-based chiropractor and the world’s leading posture expert.
Balance testing and regular movement and exercise is important, and not just for the elderly, but for everyone. But when you factor in that our habits, genetics and age all have shaped our bodies and posture overtime, then it’s easy to understand while these things alone won’t fix a postural problem.
To fix your posture, you have to focus on the tight and weak muscles that are affecting it, and this can only be done with specific focused motion posture exercise. Then you have to address everyday habits, lifestyle and environments to maintain the improvements you’ve made.
Doing the Right Exercise to Live Longer
A good posture exercise routine will address flexibility, strength, balance, proper alignment, core controlled motion and lifestyle changes to make it easy to be posture smart moving forward. Want to know how to live longer? Stand taller!
The time you invest in making these changes will pay off with reduction of pain, increased flexibility and energy, better balance, and a more upright, confident and slimmer appearance.
See Sun Sentinel Live Longer article for posture tips to live longer.
Interview with Dr. Weiniger by Diane Lade.
Dr. Steven Weiniger
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