Monday, March 22, 2010

Healthy Monday: Bringing Posture up to Par with a Strong Core

Oh, posture, posture, posture. Posture makes perfect, right? I promised to follow up today on the progress of my posture, but I don't think there is much to report. It's definitely something I am more aware of now, but have I improved? Probably not. I'm still working on it though. I was glad to see everyone left really great comments. Michelle at Healthy Eating Roadmap mentioned that improving your posture burns calories, and E.B. Finds noted how as kids we all have great posture, but over time gravity starts to take it's toll on our bodies.


So how do we keep it up? Each morning I yell to the sky, "Be gone awful gravity and let us reclaim the beautiful spinal line we maintained as children!" This doesn't work though. :)

Instead, focus on strengthening your core. Have you ever seen a slouchy ballroom dancer? Ballroom dancers usually have fantastic inner core strength, which aids them in maintaining that super graceful posture they carry on the dance floor.

Check out the links below to learn more about your core:

- Five Reasons to Strengthen Your Core (and accompanying exercises, Active.com)

- Core Exercises: Beyond Your Average Ab Routine (cnn.com)

- Slide Show of Core Exercises (Mayo Clinic)

P.S. For some laughs, check out Manolo For the Bride's, "Posture, Ur Doin It Wrong."

5 comments:

With Love, Jamie said...

I like this post :) I totally need to work on my posture!!

Elizabeth said...

I went to see a chiropractor for a pinched nerve a while back and she said that we naturally sit in a way that is comfortable to us. She said that trying to consciously change your posture is generally a losing battle, because so much of it depends on spinal alignment. If it's out of whack, we will automatically compensate. I'm not sure how accurate any of that is, but it is interesting to think about.

violarulz/ducksandbooks said...

Have you ever looking into studying Alexander Technique, I'd never heard of it until a few years ago, but it makes worlds of difference to me and how I hold myself (well, that and yoga), but I swear I've grown a whole inch since I took an Alexander Technique class and started paying attention to body and how I hold myself (that's the core of the teachings, posture is stationary and stiff, holding yourself well is fluid and mobile and adaptable to all situations).

Christa Terry said...

Thanks for the link! The most important reason to have good posture on your wedding day is to look extra fab in all the wedding photos!

P.S. - You're on our blogroll, and we'd love to be on yours!

Jennifer said...

@With Love, Jaime - Glad you like the post! :)

@Elizabeth - this might make more sense as to why it's so difficult to have perfect posture.

@violarulz - This Alexander Technique looks very interesting indeed! I will definitely look into it, thank you!

Christa - Thank you so much! I'm adding you to our blogroll as soon as I'm done commenting. :)

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