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6 Simple Strategies To Build a Strong Foundation for Your Health and Fitness Success
(part 2 of 6)
Are you confident that you have good Posture habits? Are the curves of your spine in the right places? Do you have any annoying aches, pains, or chronic injuries? Have you ever had a serious injury, sprained ankle, broken bone, been in a car wreck, or had a major surgery? Does your job have you seated in a chair for 8-10 hours a day, or on your feet all day? Or perhaps you have to do the same repetitive motion for work or a sport activity?
All of these things have the potential to affect our good posture and balanced muscle development. Pretty much everybody has a dominant side and a weaker side. Do you know which is which for you?
If there’s an extreme difference, chances are you’re posture and body mechanic habits may not be as healthy and wonderful and you think they are. Poor posture habits result in poor body mechanics, and even a very small imbalance can have a huge impact over time!
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The human body is the most amazing structure ever created! If our structure is properly supported, and all our muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, and body systems are in harmony – we can move, work, and play with minimal effort and maximum enjoyment for optimal whole-body health and a truly healthy and happy life.
Are your current breathing habits helping you stay healthy, or potentially causing back pain, shoulder pain or neck pain? Is your current breath pattern helping improve your posture with every breath you take?
Breathing is something we take for granted. It happens automatically to keep us alive. Inhaling is the first thing we do when we’re born, and exhaling is the last things we do when we die. Every minute, of every day for our entire life, our heart beats to pump life nourishing blood through our system, and our lungs and diaphragm work to provide oxygen to our blood & cells.
It’s nice to know that we don’t have to think really hard to keep breathing and stay alive, but better breathing habits definitely have added benefits to improve our health.
Do I have to practice Pilates to improve my posture?
Not necessarily. However, the Pilates exercises can be a wonderful way to help you change habits. Everything that you learn about your body with the Pilates Method can be applied to both your everyday life and other fitness activities. The principles of breathing and conscious body awareness with movement that are taught with Pilates training helps to reinforce good posture habits. The Pilates exercises place the body in safe non-weight bearing positions to improve alignment, strength and flexibility. With better body mechanics the exercises help retrain muscle systems for more efficient movement habits. Improved posture is a by-product of a well-balanced muscular system and a great way to develop this is with a Pilates workout program.
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Just a quick thought about improving posture…
While improving posture may or may not be on the list of goals Pilates participants, it might be because posture improvement isn’t what they want, but rather the BENEFITS of correcting bad posture, which include: Reduced back and neck pain, less stress on all the body’s joints (spine, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles), easier breathing in daily life & sport activities, shoulders that are no longer wrapped around the ears, ease of movement for daily living – walking, stairs, standing, sitting in front of the computer, driving, enhanced recreational & sports performance, and reduced risk of injury.
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- The Benefits of Spine Extension.
- Tips and Techniques for Increasing Spine Mobility.
- Exercises to Practice Spine Extension.
- Practicing Extension with Pilates.
Extension (As defined by the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)
Pronunciation: ik-‘sten(t)-sh&n Function: noun
- The action of extending : state of being extended
- The total range over which something extends
- An unbending movement around a joint in a limb (as the knee or elbow) that increases the angle between the bones of the limb at the joint
Extension the spine is the opposite of flexion. From a terminology standpoint, it’s helpful to be specific. If the cue is “bend the spine” it could move in one of three directions. Forward (spine flexion) Backward (spine extension) or Sideways (lateral flexion). The other direction our spine moves is to rotate or twist. Normally “bending” means flexion, or moving the body forward towards the legs. Extension would be taking the body backwards in the opposite direction.
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