Perfect posture is the foundation of all exercise and movement. A perfect posture will pay dividends throughout your life. This guide is dedicated to helping you achieve that perfect posture. These perfect posture guidelines are a part of my Health Guides series.
1. Perfect Posture — Transcript
Oh, hi! Welcome to MelioGuide. I’m Margaret Martin.
Just joking on the iPhone, but you know, it drives me crazy when I’m driving by bus stops and I see all the kids here, and here, and sometimes I’ve even seen the head horizontal. I can’t even do it. I’m not even flexible enough.
One of the articles in “The Washington Post” dated November of 2014 had a great illustration in terms of the effect on the spine of the head posture.
So when our head, which is a lovely 10 to 11 pounds, sits where it should, right over the spine, then it’s a great weight-bearing device.
One of my clients who recently came back from Africa said so eloquently that, she said, “Wow, I thought I had good posture,” she says. “Until I saw those women carrying my pack on my head, I didn’t realize what good posture was all about.”
And so, when looking at the article, they’re saying how when the head is sitting right over the spine, it’s that 10 or 11 pounds that it should be, but when you’re going forward 15 degrees, that weight starts to increase significantly, so that by 15 degrees it might weigh about 27 pounds.
But, by the time you’re at 60 degrees, which is not uncommon when people are texting, or looking at their phone, or reading from their phone, then the weight of the head starts to feel more like 60 pounds on the spine.
And so, put that on top of a spine that might already be forward, and the cumulative effects throughout the day on the spine is huge, both on the muscles, on inappropriate weight-bearing through the bone, on the joints, and so many things.
And so, this guide is really taking you through the importance of head posture, but also guiding you through alignment of your head when you’re doing exercises, when you’re working on core control, and just daily activities overall. So, I hope that you find this guide helpful in helping you hold your head taller and be a little bit more aware of your posture throughout the day. Thanks for tuning in.
2. Perfect Posture — Important Articles
Here are the important articles on perfect posture you should read.
- What Infants can Teach us About Posture
- A Guide to Good Posture
- Good Posture and Your Osteoporosis Exercise Program
- Are Two Sets of a Posture Exercise Better Than One?
- Postural Exercises and Osteoporosis
- Posture and Low Back Pain
- Posture is an Active Process
- Perfect Posture and Your Shoulders
- Posture Aid for the Active Adult