Raleigh has its major snow storm of two inches with some ice following, and we all did what one does under those circumstances: stay home and hope that the power does not go out and that it gets warmer soon. Our hopes were realized, and we are now gingerly walking around the icy patches left in neighborhood streets while all major roads are clear. Bright sunshine and temperatures around 55⁰ are working away on the rest of the ice and snow.
Holding the correct posture during the usual forward crouching activities that are a hallmark of the average person's day is one of the most difficult things to keep in mind. Mindfulness is the key here. There are exercise upon exercises that can be performed for improving posture, but the one element that is in my opinion most crucial, yet most often neglected, is simply being aware of what your shouders, head, upper back are doing. Being mindful of the present. At any given moment hundreds of core muscle fibers are firing at one time to hold the position of your body.
This is the forgotten part of fitness. Not has sexy as core training. Or pumping out a set of bicep curls in the mirror. Or wearing that tank top to show of your muscles. Hey I have been guilty of all that!
I am very fortunate that I have a job were I am on my feet, don't wear a suit and not looking at a computer screen for 8 hrs. a day. But I know some of you do.
This can mess with your posture, core stability, breathing and your overall mobility. In other words feeling stiff. Do these stretches if any of that describes you. Enjoy.
If you work at a desks all day, then this post is for you. everday ask yourself, "is my head forward and chin jutted toward the ceiling? Is my upper back rounded? Do I walk with a hunched-over look? " Poor posture and chronic misalignment of the neck, shoulders, and hips can lead to pain during rest or play and place a lot of mechanical stress on joints, ligaments, and muscles. Poor posture is changed consciously with strengthening, stretching, and "posture check" throughout the day.