We all know that posture is important.
Not only does good posture reduce fatigue over the course of the day, it also makes you a better man (and maybe a better woman too).
You’ve probably tried to improve your posture before by forcing yourself to hold your body in a way that it naturally fights against. In the video below, I’ll explain a bit about why your body fights back and how to begin removing those impediments to healthy posture.
Can Stretching Improve Your Posture?
So there are two sides (literally) to the (figurative) postural coin.
- Strengthening the weak muscles that aren’t holding you up correctly, and
- Releasing the tight muscles that want to hold you improperly.
You can build strength in your weaker areas by focusing on performing movements with care and control. Doing exercises with good form is us usually the best way to build strength for good posture.
In Focused Flexibility, we’re going to get into the specifics of how to teach your body to relax into better posture, but here are some tips you can use now:
Three Simple Tips To Improve Your Posture Right Away
- Find the middle position between an extreme military style posture and one where you are slumped so much you could fall over.
- Set a timer/alarm (there are even some apps that do this) to remind you to check on your posture every hour while you work.
- Most postural issues involve muscle tightness, common areas include the front of the shoulders and chest and hips, and the back of the neck down to the shoulders. Spend some time improving the flexibility in these spots and you’ll find it easier to rest in better posture.
How to Improve Posture Permanently
The most important thing for long lasting improvement in posture is increasing your awareness of your body positions and your flexibility in your most commonly tight areas.
Any good training program will develop that body awareness if you do the exercises with proper form.
A good flexibility program will be fast and focused on your problem areas, and also easy to do so you’ll maintain your improvements everyday. And that’s the exact premise behind how we’ve structured Focused Flexibility.
How’s your posture?
Leave a comment below and tell us about it. Also let us know if you have any questions about how flexibility affects posture.
We’ll make sure to get you answered.