23rd April, 2017
There’s no such thing as the ‘perfect posture’ … no one set way that we as individuals should all be aiming to stand or sit that’s been scientifically proven to prevent pain.
Indeed, we are all different and just like having blue eyes or brown hair, some people are born with tight hamstrings or a larger curve in their lower back.
The internet and social media are full of exercise programmes to ‘fix your bad posture’. Well, if there are some things we can’t fundamentally change about our bodies, then how do they work?
I think their success is down to getting people to move their bodies more often through a range of different movements, rather than trying to force your body into the ‘perfect’ way to stand or sit.
Your body makes adaptive changes to make the positions you spend most time in feel more comfortable. So if you spend a lot of time slouched at a computer then your upper back, neck and shoulders can become so used to this posture that it may feel uncomfortable to move out of it. So exercises aiming to move the bits of your spine that feel stiff and stretch out the muscles that feel tight will be helpful in restoring comfortable movement in all directions again.
However, the effects of any exercise programme will be short lived unless you also address the cause and incorporate ways of changing position more frequently during the day to maintain the benefits.
Essentially the best posture is your next posture and what that means is your body was designed be on the move. Even if it was possible to establish a ‘perfect’ sitting position, you’re not designed to remain still for long periods of time.
So forget about postural braces and supports that promise you better posture and alignment … you’re better off moving more frequently, changing position as often as possible, stretching out intermittently and improving your general body fitness.
Don’t hesitate you get in touch if you have any questions at all,
The Pilatesfit Team!