Good Posture Requires Posture Exercise

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Working out a twenty-year old body is like writing on a clean slate. Working out a forty (or sixty, or seventy) year old body is another matter.

Back pain, neck and shoulder problems and other pains all make you move differently.  Choosing to exercise is usually good, but choosing to exercise intelligently is better. StrongPosture® is the best biomechanical alignment of the body where all the muscles and joints are ideally aligned to work their best while stressing the body the least.

Good posture is about more than standing straight, and improving posture involves more than just telling someone to stand up and keep their shoulders back. Improving posture means strengthening how the body balances, and how it moves.

Life Stresses Good Posture

Different motions cause different muscles to strengthen and others to weaken with neglect. Our body changes with our habits. For example, a child can squat comfortably, heels on the ground, and play or eat for an extended period of time. In primitive aboriginal cultures, adult women even give birth in a squatting position. And while a dancer with good posture may be able to keep both her heels on the ground when squatting, the deconditioned computer user of 35 (and most other modern adults) usually cannot come anywhere near squatting without lifting their heels, a sure sign of adaptively.

Improving posture means strengthening how you balance your body, and reducing mechanical stress on your body. Like balancing a broom at a 45° angle, weak posture stresses muscles and joints to make you look and feel old because it is biomechanically ineffective.

StrongPosture® comes from the deep, core muscles of the body. As the name implies, the core muscles are the innermost muscles connecting and stabilizing the torso over the pelvis. We stabilize without thinking as we stand on two legs and constantly balance our head over our torso, and our torso over our pelvis. Our posture is literally how the spine — a flexible rod — and our muscles constantly work, compensate, and adapt to keep us upright.

*Low Back Pain and Exercise, Dr. Steven Weiniger, Posture Practice 2013.