There's to be a lot of interest in correcting posture right now. How it affects your life generally, how poor posture detracts from your workouts, how it affects balance as you age . . .
When I recommend Yoga for a client that has never previously done Yoga, I recommend private instruction so they learn to do the poses correctly. The same advice is for people going to the gym, or playing a sport. We tend to get sloppy in our movements when we're working alone, and trying to tackle complex anatomical, postural and musculoskeletal deviations on your own without a full understanding of them can result in making the deviation worse and/or creating new problems.
Getting expert help may be a bit expensive, but when you consider the benefits v. alternatives - it's so worth it!
Good posture is important, even during exercise. Quick posture checks before and during a core exercise routine can help you avoid injury and squeeze the biggest benefit from your workout. Here is what you need to know.
Remember how your mom admonished you to sit or stand up straight? She was right. "Poor posture can have many negative effects on your health," says Dr. Kenton Fibel, a family medicine physician specializing in sports medicine at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Anaheim, California." Having poor posture can put more stress on certain muscles and joints, forcing them to be overworked and causing them to fatigue. Many patients with chronic pain can be helped by addressing their poor posture." Your posture reflects your outlook on the world, says Christopher Cousins, a physical therapist based in the District of Columbia.
Many older adults focus on exercise and diet to stay healthy. But one of the worst offenders to health—poor balance—is often an afterthought. "I see a lot of older adults who are nonchalant about balance," says Liz Moritz, a physical therapist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Unfortunately, imbalance is a common cause of falls, which send millions of people in the United States to emergency departments each year with broken hips and head injuries. But there are many things you can do to improve your balance. The strategies below are some of the most effective.