Posture is one of the most important aspects of health. It's a lot like breathing, in that we can make posture conscious, but 99% of the time you're not thinking about your posture.
CORE BALANCE PODCAST EPISODE 182
What do you think your body would like and feel like if you continue to move like you did when you were a kid? Before fitness became about treadmills and calories? There is a better way, and now you found it. Welcome to the Core Balance Podcast with your host Chris Janke-Bueno.
Chris Janke-Bueno : Well, hello there and thank you so much for listening and joining me today. I want to talk specifically about something that is very near and dear to my heart and has been for a good ten years… and that is posture, good posture. When people first hear that I do posture corrective exercises for people and I helped design customized posture programs, whoever I’m talking to usually tries to sit up straight, like they weren't sitting up or standing up straight before then they try to stand up straight, “oh I better check my posture.”
So let’s talk first about that, because specifically posture is a lot like breathing. You can hold your breath throughout the day, You can hold your breath for thirty seconds, a minute or you can breathe faster, breathe slower. You can make it conscious, but ninety-nine percent of the time you are not even thinking of how you are breathing, and that is very similar to posture. You and I and everybody in the world stand or move in a way that is natural to them. And you can kind of fake it every now and then, you can stand up straight or do some other technique that manipulates posture, but ultimately it’s automatic. We stand in a certain way because of the muscular balances and imbalances of our bodies that are particular to us.
Have you ever been able to identify, say a very good friend of yours from really, really far away? But you couldn't make out their facial features because they are too far away, but you could identify them by their posture? We each have kind of a signature posture that is easily identifiable.
Today I want to talk about the top three reasons why posture is so important.
1. The first one is that posture helps you look better. That signature posture that you have, if it’s hunch over and you kind of shuffle along with, you actually look older. But you can actually change that and you can start look better.
2. Secondly, you can feel better, when you have balanced posture your muscles are more aligned, your joints in your body, all the joints in your spine, your hips, your knees, your ankles, your shoulders, your elbows, your neck. Everything kind of sits on itself like it should.
3. Third, you can do better. When you’re standing posture is balanced, and you come at every movement from a place of balance, then the muscles are balanced and as you go about your day and you are going about your movements, then each movement takes on a gracefulness and a lightness, whereas if you have one muscle group that's taking over and is really tight, every move that you make is going to be from a compromised position.
Now how do you improve your posture? The easiest way to get started and improve your posture will be to do the baseline workout that is found on YouTube. www.youtube.com/mycorebalance. Click on playlist and you will see them all there, in addition I have a new module, a new back pain module online and that is available at mycorebalance.com.
Thank you so much for listening today. The main take away from today is that I want you to just realize and remember that posture is very important and then secondly that it’s not something you are going have to think about all day long. The main thing about posture is it’s a lot like breathing, you are not going to do this consciously. You are going to do your thirty to sixty minutes of your work out a day and that is going to help you re-educate your muscles and transform how your body moves all day long
You've been listening to the Core Balance Podcast. I am your host Chris Janke-Bueno. We'll talk again next time, until then let’s be fit, let’s be healthy, let’s be happy it feels good to move so keep moving
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