Posture, posture, posture! We all notice people who have bad posture, but have you ever noticed your own posture? If you're continuously living with incorrect posture your body is going to feel it later on in life if it hasn't already. The #1 posture issue that women have is hyper extending the lower back. My personal opinion on why us girls tend to do this? We stick out our butt and our chest to make them look bigger. Now we need to learn to tuck those bad boys back in! I recently got called out on it about 6 months ago from my Fitness Mentor who was watching me teach a client. In every move I was doing (showing the client) I had my butt pushed out (overextending my lower back). I had to correct this or else I was going to have severe lower back pain in the years to come!!! Eeeeeek! No thank you! In all my classes and training sessions, I make all of my clients check their posture during every move! Yes I know that can be annoying, but it is soooooo necessary!
The TOP 3 incorrect postures to look out for in your body and the corrections:
1) Arched Lower Back - Teach yourself "neutral pelvis". Tuck in my bum, tighten up your lower abs and create a straight line from your spine to your tail bone.
2) Pushed Out Ribs - This goes hand-in-hand with an arched lower back. If you look in the mirror and stick out your butt, your ribs will follow to compensate for your back. In many stretches (hamstring, pecs, back) your ribs will automatically want to stick out, so watch yourself in the mirror. I try to always have a hand on my ribs to feel when I’m sticking them out.
3) Roller Shoulders - We all have them, unless you're already aware of this problem and you have rectified it! Congrats to you if you are one of those 10%. For the rest of us I have a trick! Its called the "Hitch-Hiker". Stand straight with a slight knee bend and bring both of your thumbs into hitch-hiker thumbs out position! Boom that’s it! Check out your profile in the mirror and you'll see your shoulders rolling back into a horizontal position, as opposed to a rolled forward position. I try to do this once a day. DO IT!
Feeling weak, anxious and unconnected to my body lead me to start exercising. I joined a dance class once a week and after every dance class I had a glow about me, and it wasn't just from the sweat that I built up in class, it was something more. I realized it was the endorphins that were being produced from the physical activity I was doing. Join me and start moving and feel the difference. Read my blog to get motivation, try the exercises I've posted, contact me for personal training, bootcamps, workout cards or just go for a walk. Any activity is good activity.