#106 Check Your Posture

Sharing 365 life lessons, tips, or hacks; the things that make life easier, happier, and more productive. I hope you’ll follow along and find them helpful too.

#106

Check your posture

The next time you are watching a talk show of some nature (i.e., the morning news or Ellen), take notice of how tall and straight everyone is sitting. Compare that to everyone seated in the restaurant or the Starbucks you next visit. I suspect the difference is mostly the state of awareness that exists in the personalities on television. Those of us eating in a restaurant or grabbing a latte at the coffee shop aren’t (apparently) paying much attention to our personal posture.

Balance

Posture affects our balance. Balance affects walking, going up and down the stairs, getting up and down from chairs, getting in and out of the car, carrying things, and even turning our head. Hence, good posture is vital to many of the things we organically do throughout our day.

Health

Good posture plays an important role in our mood and in how people interpret our mood. It reduces neck and back pain and helps us look slimmer. Additionally, it helps us breathe more easily by allowing our lungs sufficient expansion room. And, because we are well oxygenated, we may learn more easily and retain information longer (improved memory).

Parameters

When you are standing with good posture, your chin will be parallel to the floor and your shoulders will be even. Your arms will down and your elbows, straight. Your weight will be distributed evenly across both feet on even hips. And it will feel good unless your muscles have already begun to adjust to an abnormal configuration.

Train Posture

Certainly, you can resort to the traditional ‘book on your head’ method of practicing posture. The goal is to find the position that puts the least strain on your joints and muscles. Or, you can imagine a straight line running through your body and it’s connected to the ceiling. Without standing on your toes, make yourself as tall as possible. You can strengthen the ligaments in your back by doing a ‘shoulder blade squeeze’… move your shoulder blades as close together as possible and hold them there for 5 seconds. Repeat ten times.

Upright

There’s also the Upright posture training device (this is not a commercial for the product – just passing along info). It’s a wearable device that vibrates slightly when your posture is out of alignment.  It’s part of the ‘wearable’ technology that monitors our body for optimal health and is a great way to retrain yourself to stay aware of good posture if you’ve gotten a little lazy about it.

The goal is awareness and good health. A simple piece of that is to be diligent and…

Check Your Posture

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#242 Begin Weight Training

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#242

Begin weight training

Truth is, building muscle is good for you. We know working out and aerobic exercise helps us to burn calories, burning at least as many calories as we consume is the way we keep our weight stabilized. The more muscles we have, the more calories we will burn and consequently, we can either eat a little more or loose a little weight.

Benefits

For women in particular, weight training is beneficial to women. Muscles burn more calories than fat and so our metabolism increases. Strength training helps us gain strength without building large muscles or bulking up. It helps us to build bone also which staves off osteoporosis. Stronger bones and muscles means more stability and flexibility, reducing potential for injuries. Additionally, our posture is better and we significantly reduce our tendency for back pain with a stronger core. All of these result in better mood and quality of life.

Getting Started

Squats, push ups, lunges, and planks are great muscle building exercises. The key is to do sets and build up slowly. Alternating sets and repetitions is one of the primary suggestions of trainers. If you’re unsure where to begin, a trainer is a smart way to get your challenge started. Their expertise is invaluable when it comes to what do do for what kind of result. Once you get established in a routine, there are plenty of apps, videos, and TV channels that will help you stay motivated and progressing.

Regardless of your age, there is a workout designed to keep your muscles strong and healthy. All you  have to do is …

Start weight training.

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#318 of 365 Ways to live Easier, Happier, & More Productive

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#318

Stand up straight

At the risk of sounding like your mother, I think we can all use the reminder to ‘stand up straight’. The number of Americans who complain about back pain at some point in their life has crested over 80% and it is suggested that poor posture is to blame for a significant percentage. Since we’ve transitioned to desk jobs and electronic browsing – our shoulders curve and our heads are bent – throwing the natural alignment of our spines out of whack.

Bad posture is the culprit for more than back pain. There is evidence that it promotes Asthma (restricted breathing), heart disease, joint degeneration, and higher levels of stress. It is a leading cause of missed work and worldwide – back pain is the leading cause of disability. Improving posture strengthens the musculature surrounding the spine, keeping aligned properly.

I am particularly mindful of my own posture when I see a television news anchor or an interviewer sitting in perfect alignment (how long so they practice that so that it appears naturally?) It’s a reminder for me to square my shoulders and pull in my abdomen while simultaneously raising my chin Aligning myself perpendicular to the floor.

There are a number of products marketed to help you remember and/or strengthen the back muscles but in a recent review, the writer declared that they were mostly annoying and that the only significant solution was to pay attention and practice. Essentially – include it in your mindfulness regiment. It’s a little thing that can make a world of difference. Remember…

Stand up straight

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