Is poor posture harming your health?
Poor posture has been linked to inefficient breathing, decreased strength, and falls. Resident posture specialist Dr. Weiniger reveals the secrets of good posture. In addition, he tells us how you can improve your posture through posture strengthening exercise.
Did you know distortions in posture, or what we normally think of as bad posture, typically includes signs in our body that are easy to spot? For example, a forward thrusting head, or hunched shoulders, or even a pelvis that is rolled forward. These and other body misalignments can evolve over many years.
Importantly, it’s a mistake to strive for perfect posture. For instance, standing ramrod straight with shoulders back may feel like the cure for poor posture. However, it’s impossible to maintain because you’ll get tired of standing that way really quickly. Mainly because you haven’t developed the strength to fake good posture for an extended period.
Reversing Poor Posture Takes Focus
To improve poor posture, forget about standing straight. It’s more effective to focus on balance, alignment and motion.
Signs of Poor Posture
- Reduced breathing capacity, can’t breathe deeply
- Less overall strength, feeling weak
- Slower walking speed, shuffling feet
- Increased risk of falling, poor balance
- Back pain, neck pain, or other joint or muscle pain
What’s worse is these problems can interfere with a person’s desire to exercise and ultimately can have a negative impact on cardiovascular health, back pain, dementia, and even depression.
Take your first steps today towards feeling and moving better – learn the secrets to good posture here.
Interview with Dr. Steven Weiniger for Bottom Line Health.
Dr. Steven Weiniger