How To Improve Your Posture
It is not enough to have a strong core alone. It is not enough to do just crunches and situps or just squats and lunges. Here are the different aspects when it comes to improving your posture and attain a stronger and healthier body.
Many people go for crunches and situps because they are straight forward. You cannot lift yourself if you don’t tense your abdominal muscles. So there is not much thinking and it’s all bout repeating it.
However crunches and situps, while they can strengthen your abs, can also harm your back and your neck.
Here are some suggestions of core strengthening exercises: mountain climbers, planks and variations, pressups and variations, hanging leg lifts.
Crawls. Besides the fact that they are safe on the back, they work your core (that includes your back) as well as the rest of your body….if done properly that is. That means hips down and knees close to the ground, among many other technical points. This is something I teach in detail in the videos in The Academy.
Another exercise is rope skipping. Can be fun and works your whole body.
While it is important to practice, or to repeat your core exercises, do not limit yourself to just 4 or 5 types. Anything in exaggerated amount can be detrimental.
And variation will also train your body in a multilateral way, meaning from different angles.
For example you may have a core workout that consists of exercises such as planks and pressups under many variations.
Another core workout can be crawls. They still workout your core muscles and actually they do it better, if you ask me.
And another can be hanging, hanging leg lifts, pulls ups and chin ups. Yes all these work your core, not only your arms.
Mobility and flexibility
Sure, now you have a strong core. But do you walk with your shoulders dropped forwards?
Or maybe you have tight hamstrings that may lead to lower back pain?
Or maybe you have tight hip flexors from all the sitting and so you bend from your hips and you butt sticks out slightly when you walk.
Many forget that a tight and closed up body will never have a good posture. It is not enough to be strong, you also have to look after your range of movement.
Mobility and flexibility is essential for health.
Well, this wraps up everything. No matter how strong you are, how flexible and mobile you may be if you do not know the basics of body alignment there is no posture to talk about.
Aligning your body properly will also make ALL those exercises more effective.
How do you align your body? I explain everything in one of the Posture Masterclasses. I also explain why posture is so important for your health and happiness. At the end I take you through a guided visualization for posture alignment.
So watch it and practice. And if you need my advice, contact me.
What are Masterclasses?
Masterclasses are online webinars I hold regularly. Although they are free to attend from anywhere in the world, they are full of valuable content and practical information. I do not hold back. Check out the events page.