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Posts Tagged ‘back strength’

That day I noticed a peculiar thing . A daughter and a mother duo passed me at the swimming pool. The daughter  was a teenager and the mother in her 40 s .  The daughter looked exactly like her mother but one big difference was ( no no i am not talking about the Teenage benefits of beautiful skin ,lustrous hair , tight muscled body )  …..posture . One may get blemish free skin , Fab figure but bad posture will take that all away  … 

It made me wonder what has changed over years ? Were we too busy to even look at ourselves in mirror and notice these small changes creeping in  ? Did we neglect ourselves till it became a postural problem ? Here we must correct and remind our kids of good posture habits so that they don’t face the same problems later.
Do you know we should not blame ourselves entirely . As we start aging our body starts to go back to foetal posture  and wrong postural habits over the years add to it . Shoulders start rounding , chest turning in . Then the consequences will be low self esteem , joint pains , low flexibility , greater risks of injuries . 

So we must do a conscious effort to correct our posture . Yes it will be an effort at first ( Added advantage is whenever you make any effort you automatically burn calories ) … So to avoid bad posture problems one must take these pains . In fact we must sit without any support . It seems  impossible when ever engulfing  sofas and mattresses are inviting us but sitting without supports teaches and reminds our muscles and joints to do what they are meant to do . 

We must remind ourselves to pull our shoulders back and down. We must remember to keep chest out and Abs in . When i take classes i constantly tell my clients to check these . A constant reminder helps to realign  the joints and give a injury free good workout . 
You or your trainer must identify your postural flaws . If you do that then its easy to strengthen that muscle area. Bad posture is just some muscle weakening or contracting more out of bad  postural habits. 
To achieve good upper body posture one must strengthen chest , back and shoulder muscles . 
To avoid excess pelvic tilt one must strengthen Abdominal and lower back and Leg muscles. 

Reducing Abdominal Fat is also important . You must check your waistline.Excess Belly fat also gives bad posture . It puts strain on your lower back muscles . Good cardio exercises will help to burn excess fat .Our Latin Ballroom Dance classes made us realise the importance of Good posture. when we practice in front of the mirror we constantly correct ourselves .( Read; me n husband dear) . Good posture gives nice lines to the dance. 
Apart from Dancing and Cardio one more good  exercise option will be Core Training . A strong Core leads to a good posture . 
Resistance training is also helpful . Exercises with weights and Bands really help in strengthening the muscles .

So ladies …. Don’t let the age related posture problems creep on you .   , Hold your head high , chest out , abs  tucked in ,pull shoulders back  and