Naturally Healthy Posture
Pictures of toddlers demonstrate perfect posture. Look at children. They naturally sit, stand, bend, and reach in safe and healthy forms. As a child, YOU probably moved like this, too, hinging at the hips and NOT the upper spine!
Poor Lifestyle Habits = Poor Posture
Improve YOUR Posture
The good news is YOU can change your habits to improve your posture.
SELF-TEST: Allow your arms to hang down like a plumb line. Do the arms fall considerably forward of the hips? That’s a problem.
If your arms fall forward of your hips, get help now. Find a Functional Aging Specialist or fitness instructor who understands the body of an aging adult and start daily exercises in front of a mirror. The mirror doesn’t lie. Exercise improves flexibility and strength and BOTH are vitally important for the active lifestyle you want to maintain!
Be Aware of Body Position
Keep an awareness of the relationship of your shoulders to your hips and bend from the hips, NOT the upper back.
Good Posture Creates a Healthy and Youthful Appearance
Be Mindful Throughout the Day
It’s easy to move mindlessly throughout the day. Movement habits have been ingrained for years. You can easily forget to pay attention, but you can train your spine. Be especially mindful when:
- Eating meals
- Watching TV
- Working at a desk
Please share your thoughts in the comments box below…
When you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror, do you catch yourself slouching?
How did you do on the Self-Test?
What will you do to change posture habits today?