A good posture requires that you be mindful of your alignment during all of your daily activities. It requires commitment and attention. Posture is an active process.
Daily Slumping Is the Enemy of Good Posture
I find that most people do not have a good posture because they are not encouraged to sit up right, the seats they sit in are too soft or deep, or they use their laptops in bed. Today’s lifestyle can obstruct good alignment.
Daily slumping makes it feels strenuous when you actively try to improve your posture. You have to actively work to improve your alignment.
Good Posture Has Many Benefits
But I find that when clients finally achieve good alignment, they feel much stronger and confident. And maintaining it is actually very easy.
Good posture has many benefits and is essential when you exercise.
Video Transcript — Posture is an Active Process
Hi, I’m Margaret Martin at MelioGuide, and today I’m going to share with you a topic that’s very important to my heart and to my spine, and that’s posture.
And so a lot of my clients come in and they, you know, as soon as the walk in the door, I could tell they’re just standing a little bit taller. They often will tell me that they hear my voice on their shoulder all time. I wish my kids would tell me the same thing.
Good Posture is an Active Process
But one of my clients came in and it was like a revelation and she said, “Margaret you mean posture is an active process?” And I was like, “Yes!” So often I guess I just assume people realize that posture is an active process.
But in this day and age where people aren’t encouraged to sit up tall, you know when they’re entertaining, they’re sitting slouched on soft surfaces. Everything’s too deep. Everything’s too soft.
My kids were home for Christmas. I was blown away how much time they spend in their bed, either watching on their laptop, or on the computer, whether they’re doing work or for entertainment but so much of it was reclined, semi-reclined. And I’m like, “Where’s all that work for the postural muscles? It’s just not happening today.”
Good Posture Requires Some Effort
So that means, when we do stand up tall, it’s actually feeling like even more effort. But we should be actively engaging our postural muscles throughout the day. Sitting on the edges of chairs, standing tall. And it’s so very important when we’re doing weights that we’re keeping our posture in its very best position, because you don’t want to be training yourself to be slouching even more.
You want to be training yourself and lifting yourself up and against the weight that you’re holding. And so, is posture an active process? Absolutely, and the more you do it, the more comfortable you’re going to feel doing it.
So often when my clients that have come to me, and I can’t help it, but when they’re sitting in front of me and they have poor posture, that’s all I see over and over again. But when they come back and I don’t even think about their posture, I know they’re sitting tall.
When Good Posture Feels Normal
And they will say to me, generally at the three month mark that sitting tall, standing tall is actually starting to feel normal. And that slouching starts to not feel as comfortable.
So be patient with yourself, but persist at optimizing your alignment so that you can then feel like this active process of posture becomes effortless and just a comfortable way of being.
And so with that knowing that you’re going to be supporting your bones in their very best alignment so that they can keep supporting you for the rest of our life.
So that’s all from MelioGuide today thanks for tuning in.
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