| Nick Hintz |

“Stand up straight!” At some point in our lives, we’ve heard these famous words; and for good reason. Good posture is important for balancing: standing up straight, centering our weight over our feet. Balance helps us maintain correct form while exercising, resulting in fewer injuries and better gains. 

Working on your balance can even strengthen your abilities in sports — and just about any other activity.

Even if you’re not an athlete, it is still beneficial to have good balance. Simply walking across the floor or down the street requires good balance. Standing up from the seated position, going up and down stairs, carrying packages, and even turning to look behind you; these are all reasons why you should work on having great posture.

Poor posture isn’t necessarily a bad habit, either. Physical reasons for poor posture can include the following:

  • Inflexible muscles which decrease one’s range of motion. Example, overly tight, shortened hip muscles can pull your upper body forward and disrupt your posture. Overly tight chest muscles can pull your shoulders forward.
  • Muscle strength affects balance in numerous ways. The “core muscles” of the back, side, pelvis, and buttocks form a strong central link between your upper and lower body. Having weak core muscles can cause slumping or slouching, which pushes your body forward and off balance. Strong lower leg muscles will also help keep you steady while standing.

7 Benefits of Good Posture To A Better Life – [Most of the health problems we face in life stem from habits we form earlier in life. You may or may not agree with this statement but the fact stands. Certain bad habits we carry out over the years can result in poor posture that translates into serious health problems in the future. pathtomobility.com | Read more…

The Science of Posture: Sitting up straight will make you happier, more confident and less risk-averse – Here are three fascinating things that happened once our posture changes. blog.bufferapp.com | Read more…

Here’s the good news: You can improve your posture with a few simple exercises. Balance-specific workouts address posture and balance problems with exercises that build strength where it counts, while stretching out those tight muscles. Quick posture checks in the mirror before/during balance exercises can also help you get the most from your workout. And increasing your core strength and flexibility will help improve your posture immensely, and in just a short time.

Yoga & Pilates are EXCELLENT programs that help improve and correct posture. No time for a yoga class? No problem – following these simple steps can help:

Good posture means:

  • chin parallel to the floor
  • shoulders even (roll your shoulders up, back, and down to help achieve this)
  • neutral spine (no flexing or arching to overemphasize the curve in your lower back)
  • arms at sides w/elbows straight
  • abdominal muscles flexed or tight
  • hips even
  • knees even and pointed forward
  • body weight distributed evenly on both feet.

When sitting down, keep your chin parallel w/the floor; your shoulders, hips, and knees at even heights; and your knees and feet pointed forward.