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How To Correct Posture Using 3 Crucial Corrections

March 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 198

You all know that when you injure or hurt yourself physically, it takes a lot of motivation and focus to get yourself back to a place where you can move with ease and start exercising again. When you're not fully mobile, it also impacts your mindset and motivation.

There are 3 crucial corrections you need to make to correct your posture:

How To Correct Posture

1. Your knees- many people lock out their knees when they stand. This is one thing to avoid when trying to correct posture. If you tend to lock out your knees, gently soften your knees so they are slightly bent.

2. Your hips- the best way to describe your hip position is do an experiment on yourself. Stand up straight and then rotate your hips by pushing your butt out backwards. Then rotate your hips the other way by pushing your pelvis forwards, so you tail bone moves under your body. These are the two 'extremes' of your hip alignment. This is a great movement to increase mobility in your lower back; find a place half way in between those two positions for your best posture.

3. Your neck- did you know that shorter people tend to lift their chin up too much, to make them look taller? And that taller people tend to stick their chin out and down, to make them look shorter? Whenever your chin is sticking up and out, you're going to be crunching the back of your neck, which is the last thing you want to be doing for your posture and neck health. Your should feel like you are trying to make a double chin - this is when your neck is in the right alignment, and your shoulders will automatically be in the right position too.

Why is correct posture so important for weight control?

Here are 5 reasons that you should correct your posture for weight control:

1. Reduces Your Fatigue

Posture is the basis of everything - from sitting to standing to walking, to doing complex Zumba moves and lifting weights at the gym. Having a good posture means you get less fatigued when going about your daily activities, ensuring your body is working for you, not against you.

2. Improves Your General Mobility

Good posture improves your general mobility. You've probably had a sore shoulder or wrist from too much computer work, strained your back from lifting the shopping in the wrong way or had sore knees and hips from general activity. Improving your posture can go a long way to keeping you mobile which, in turn, ensures you can keep going with your exercise routine rather than have to take time out on the sidelines.

3. Protects Against Injury

As well as improving your general mobility, good posture also helps protect against injury, and having a strong core plays an integral part in your overall posture. Many injuries can be prevented simply by practising good form in your physical movements.

4. Makes You Look Slimmer

You can take pounds/kilos off instantly, simply by standing up straight, pulling your tummy in, your shoulders back and following the three crucial corrections listed above. This is one of the sneaky tricks they use in many 'before' and 'after' photos - simply go from bad posture to good posture and you look and feel like you've lost weight!

5. Makes You Look & Feel More Confident

This is my favourite reason to have a good posture. When you have a good posture, you cannot help but feel more confident. You'll be almost certain to turn more heads when you stand confidently in your own skin, and to do that requires a good posture. Next time you're at a party, watch as people come into the room and see what an impact people have when they do and don't have good posture. Sometimes, simply focusing on your posture on a bad day can instantly make you feel better about yourself. Try it for yourself.

I hope you practice these corrective exercises, and realise how important a correct posture is for back pain and weight control. Tora Cullip and her business partner were joined by physiotherapist, Donna Namdaran Richards, to show them all of the movements described in this article. You can see them on the video at this link:

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