How are you doing today? I hope that this day finds you well and ready to take on the world. I know that for me, I have my fair share of days that I am just not my best, and honestly do not feel ready to take on the world. When I had back pain that was a constant because just getting up and walking could be a challenge. If that is you, I feel your pain and frustration.
I am sure you know that I have published a book called “Free My Back – 7 Steps to Freedom from Chronic Back Pain”. It has recently been brought to my attention that I missed a big component of back pain in the book. It is one of those things that is so basic in my teachings, that I totally missed it. That component is posture.
I have actually been called the Posture Nazi, so I am surprised I had not thought to go into that topic with more depth. I did cover how to strengthen basic postural muscles, including the transversus abdominus, which is like the internal back brace of the body. Strengthening specific postural muscles will obviously improve posture and improve back pain. What I wanted to share with you today is why posture is important and a cool exercise you can do to increase your postural awareness.
Posture is important because when you stand straight, your body weight stacks on top of itself the way it is designed to do. This ideal posture takes little to no effort for your muscles to maintain. Keep in mind that your head has a weight similar to a bowling ball. It is easier to hold a bowling ball if you keep it close to your body, rather than holding it out in front of you with your arms outstretched, right? The same is true with your head. If you are all bent over, then your muscles have to work harder which causes fatigue and pain.
Honestly, you may not even realize that your posture is bent forward unless someone may have told you. A great indicator that you do need to work on posture is if your back gets achey after walking for a short time and you get relief by leaning back against somethign solid such as a wall, rail or pole.
A great way to increase your awareness of your posture, is to stand with your back against a wall. If you are able to stand completely straight with your heels, hips, shoulders and head against the wall then you have good posture. If not then you have some work to do.
Trust me, holding yourself against a wall is harder than it looks. Hold the position against the wall as best you can for 30-60 seconds for 3-5 reps in a row to strengthen your postural muscles and retrain your brain for the posture you want to have. You will likely feel alot tissues in the front of your body pulling and stretching and may even be an exhausting experience. It will improve with practice, so do not give up too soon. Try to do it every day for best results!
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I hope you enjoy and have an amazing day!!!