Posture
can be defined as the position of the body’s spine and
musculoskeletal system during a variety of actions; such as
standing, sitting, laying down, walking, running, and jumping.
Unfortunately, poor posture has become increasingly common in the
general population due to the amount of time we spend sitting down.
Whether it is at school, work, on the couch, or in the car, we are
spending more and more of our daily lives sitting on our butts.
This has all kinds of
negative effects on our bodies, from creating muscular imbalances to
interfering with digestion. So if your parents ever scolded you for
slouching at the dinner table, it turns out they may have been on to
something. In addition to projecting happiness and confidence, good
posture offers many benefits for athletes, including:
  • Improved circulation of
    the blood
  • Less chance of injury
  • Improved digestion
  • Easier, deeper
    breathing
  • Reduced stress on
    joints, bones, and muscles – especially in the spine
  • Increased core strength
Looking for a way to fix
your posture right now? Here is how to do it in four quick steps, as
recommended by BreakingMuscle.com:
  1. Stand up and flex your
    glutes.
  2. Flex your abs just
    enough so you can maintain your pelvic position when you relax your
    glutes.
  3. Stand up tall, as if a
    string was pulling the top of your head towards the ceiling.
  4. Pull your shoulder
    blades back and rotate your thumbs out so they are almost pointing
    behind you. Now relax your arms and maintain that shoulder position
    using only the muscles in your upper back.
Tip: When standing with
good posture, your ears, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles should
all be in alignment when looking from the side, as pictured above
(left side).
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