Posture is an essential part of our vitality, health and energy. When our posture is poor we have less energy flow. When our energy flows are suboptimal, the central nervous system may perceive this as a threat resulting in giving the “cold shoulder” to the paths of connective tissue in the body. The less communication, the more we perceive unpleasant sensations, or pain.
When I complete an assessment prior to training, the focus is on alignment and posture. I try to identify what’s shortened, what’s lengthened, what’s twisted and what’s straight. I take pictures to show it to clients, and the response is usually “I had no idea”, followed by “What can I do about it?” At that point, I talk about the different levels of competence: Unconsciously incompetent: that is the stage when somebody is not even aware that something is amiss.
Sitting too much is bad for you because it destroys our bones and muscles. When we sit all day, there are certain muscles that work overtime and others that fall asleep. Here are a few other things to keep in mind as to why sitting is bad for us.
POOR POSTUREA loss of range of motion or strength, numbness or a tingling feeling in the limbs are all symptoms that are related to poor posture. Body areas tat are most commonly affected are the upper back, neck, lower back, wrist, shoulders, hips, and knees. In short, pain and dysfuction prohibits proper walking gait, comfortable sleeping situations and effective participation in activities and recreational sports. The underlying causes: 1. the lack of exercise or poor technique 2. incorrect body mechanics
Growing up, we have all had yelled at us "sit up straight and don’t slouch". And while the motivation behind the classroom rhetoric may have been as irrelevant as not looking disciplined and sluggish, the benefits you will probably know now, are far richer.