Mar 26, 2019
This episode might sound about as much fun as watching paint dry and 1 you want to skip but bear with me as good postures not just about looks. Poor posture has been directly related to issues such as neck & back pain, migraines, fatigue, and in some cases early death. The problem is most of us aren’t aware of this. It’s actually said, “Posture is the foundation to health”. Yet so many people have never even been told about it.
Last year time I had the opportunity to talk at the World Posture Virtual Summit. The best doctors and health professionals from around the World gave master classes on the most effective ways to correct your posture and simple solutions on the types of things you can be doing to help improve your posture to help you look, move and feel better.
After years as a professional dancer, personal trainer, and Sports Massage Therapist I had insights to share both from seeing clients and my own issues: I have scoliosis which also causes 1 leg to be longer than the other as well as a reverse curve in my neck.
The full master class is on YouTube but these were the key takeaways.
If you're like most of the population that spend so much time sitting, then chances are you'll have one of the most common postural issues seen today: Sitting disease and Tech Neck (yes, they're actual things and they can be fixed).
From dancing, I transitioned into fitness as a way to help people reach their goals the proper way: healthily and slowly by creating lifestyle habits. One of the most interesting courses I completed was Sports massage therapy where I learned about body mechanics. This was a more defining moment than anything I'd learned in my personal training certifications. Nutrition, Exercise, and Posture are the 3 pillars to optimal health. As much as we think we can, you really can't do anything 100% if your posture isn't correct. That probably sounds like an exaggeration but when your postures not correct it can lead to:
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GOOD POSTURE?
When your bones are in alignment, your muscles and lungs can function more efficiently. Good posture also helps to prevent injury, strain on your ligaments, and allows you to breath more easily. If your postures off, you can’t work your muscles evenly or activate them fully. Posture affects you not just physically but mentally. If you’re not driving, humor me and try this:
Stand up and strike a power pose; a power pose is anything with open body language that makes you feel powerful! I personally love the 'Wonder Woman' pose. The structure of our body dictates the function, notice how when you hold a power pose, you have more confidence; posture really changes how we feel physically and mentally about ourselves through that strong posture.
HOW DOES POSTURE AFFECT BREATHING?
Take a moment and notice how you're breathing; your breathing is directly correlated to your posture. When you're upright, it's so much easier to breathe!
Whenever you have a moment; slow your breathing down, switch from shallow chest breathing to deep belly breathing, and let go of any tension.
POSTURE CAN HELP YOU WITH CONFIDENCE & PERFORMANCE.
Whether that’s for an interview, on stage, public speaking, or pageants. Most jobs come down to your interview. It's where you meet your potential employer or judge(s), and where your posture is critical; it can automatically make you look more or less confident from the moment you walk through the door.
Secondly, muscular balance and core strength creates overall balance, which means you’re less likely to fall, unless your heel breaks, you didn't put the correct soles on your shoes, or they just waxed the floors.
When you have balanced muscles and a strong core, your good posture will allow you to carry yourself with poise. In bodybuilding competitions and pageants it's even more important when they're judging you on your tapered waist and symmetry.
HOW CAN YOU CORRECT YOUR POSTURE AT THE GYM?
These are the Common Posture Mistakes People Make At the Gym and how to work on fixing them to prevent injury and maximize results.
NOW WE’VE COVERED THE WHYS AND COMMON MISTAKES HERE ARE OUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BETTER POSTURE ON A DAILY BASIS.
Lastly, if your muscles and joints are feeling stiff in the morning don’t rush into static (held) stretches but keep it dynamic (moving) as you’re muscles aren’t warm and pliable as soon as you jump out of bed. Maybe jump is the wrong word for most of us in the morning and crawl would’ve been better. I’m definitely a 2-cup of coffee to get my day started kind of girl.
Gently rolling down as far as you can towards the floor with soft knees and back up, trying to isolate vertebra by vertebrae, gentle side bends, and slow neck circles are all good ways to ease rather than force out the kinks.
Let me know how you get on with these and feel free to drop me a message on Facebook or Instagram if you have any questions. The full master class is on YouTube linked below.
World Posture Summit interview with Eve Dawes. This WBFF pro discusses 'Finding the Balance' with everything from corrective exercises, daily habits, breathing and living pain-free.
Eve Dawes is a fitness professional, WBFF Pro Diva, NASM & REPS certified trainer, Founder of Dawes Custom Cosmetics an all-natural, cruelty-free cosmetic line and FitnessByEve.com.