Improving posture can be achieved at any age. Dr. Steven Weiniger provides valuable tips to correct and strengthen posture and why it is important for aging well…
YOUNG FOLKS CAN PRESERVE THEIR POSTURE. WHAT ABOUT SENIORS? CAN THEY TURN BACK THE CLOCK?
Gravity is inexorable. It pulls a body down. The more out of alignment a body is, the harder some muscles are forced to work to keep the body standing. The second principle of posture is, “Your posture is how you balance your body.” No matter how crooked a posture is, the person compensates by using muscles to maintain verticality. That compensation is what your posture is.
However, you cannot turn back the clock but you can set the benchmark for where your posture will be in 10 years. The sooner people start to address their posture systematically, the more the changes that occur with time can be slowed. and sometimes reversed.
How far? There’s no way to tell, but the sooner someone adopts better posture habits, the better. Not surprisingly back pain is on the rise and posture is a really big factor. The idea of posture exercise is adding a daily routine to unfold peoples’ posture.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN CAUSES OF POOR POSTURE?
We talk about the 3 Ds:
- Daily Habits
Your posture results from your genetics, the accumulation of soft tissue changes from long-term habits such as sitting in front of the computer or working out with bad form combined with damage from injuries that were not fully rehabilitated.
WHAT ARE SOME TIPS FOR IMPROVING POSTURE?
Here are a few posture tips to get you started:
- Be conscious of how you sit and stand.
- Move! Unfold from sitting – sit less, walk more, change your position often.
- Invest in good shoes and a good mattress.
- Do posture exercises regularly with an awareness of using your best posture to strengthen, stretch and align your body.
Read the interview with posture specialist Steven Weiniger by Cathy Chestnut. e-Bella-Magazine-Aging-Gracefully-with-Strong-Posture
Dr. Steven Weiniger
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