Posture is something we all take for granted, but something we all need to focus our attention on. Fifteen years ago I created a program called, “Posture Perfect” knowing that having good posture is vital to better performance, improved health and optimal fitness.
Today a client I’ve been working with a couple times a week for about 2 months asked me via email how he could start improving his posture. I was delighted that he reached out and asked because I believe so many of us know that it’s important to have good posture, but they just don’t know where or how to begin.
Having better posture has been ingrained into our society for centuries, if not since the beginning of time when “man” stood erect for the first time. My wife is from Japan and her family use to use a measuring stick to stick in your back if you had bad posture or they would sit on their knees using a Tatami mat to promote good posture while eating. And if you’re from the baby boomer generation you might recall having to balance a book on your head while sitting or walking. No this isn’t just for models. It was a common practice during that time period.
So how do we focus our attention of being Posture Perfect™ today?
Here are the ABC’s to be Posture Peftect™ that I gave my client that will work for you too.
A is for AWARENESS: The first step to correcting your posture is to be aware of your posture throughout your day. You can set a reminder on your phone or computer to alert you to sit up straight or stand up tall.
B is for BACK TRAINING: The muscles of your back are the most important for maintaining good posture. Simple exercises like Arm Circles or Shoulder Fly’s as seen below can help you build a stronger back.
C is for CONSISTENCY: Repetition is the mother of all skill and you need to be consistent to have better posture. Thinking about it hourly and daily will ensure you will create better posture over time. “Rome wasn’t built in a day” so make sure you stay consistent.
Now you know your ABC’s!
Yours in health and fitness,
Steve Jordan, BS, CSCS, PES, CES, CPT, HLC
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