As a personal trainer I am used to hearing clients say “my goal is to correct my posture”, “I don’t have a good posture when I’m working”, “I don’t like to see myself in the mirror because of my poor posture”…
Everyone wants a good posture but very few people actually know what that looks like, and more importantly what that takes to achieve.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, ACSM, a good posture is defined as the ability to keep your “shoulders back, standing tall, chest out, chin up“. (ACSM)
Anther good way to describe correct posture is a “position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without posture and the muscles that control it, we would simply fall to the ground”. (Dr Rick-T)
Adopting a good posture is a key factor in achieving a better quality of life in your work or in your chosen sport.
Having a good training routine and doing specific exercises on a regular basis can help to prevent bad postures from occurring, and alternatively, with the right help, can help to correct posture imbalance. It takes time, but there is no better time to start than now, so sign up here and be ready to stand up…tall ;).