Marsha, the trainer that I work out with told me something that put me into action quick fast and in a hurry. As she was putting us through hell, yes hell, she told me that my posture was getting bad. She informed me that for all of the hard work, posture would show age just as fast as a body that was not in shape.
My mother was the first one that told me about my posture, and it had gotten better over the years. While trying to figure out why it was now starting again I did some research. Here are some of the reasons why we begin to have bad posture:
- We sit at work all day looking down at our keyboards and monitors. If we have the adjustable table for our computer, we still find ourselves looking down because we find it more comfortable.
- Our smartphones have become part of us. We look down at them all of the time. Even if we are really doing something productive, we are looking down.
- Being overweight or obese affects posture.
- Habit is another reason.
I am proud to say that last week at workout I was told my posture was looking good. Talking with several people about what could be done to halt this has helped. Here are some the things they said.
- The trainer–line your ears up with your shoulders–look at yourself in the mirror when exercising
- The masseuse–start a yoga class or find one online. Even our resident yogi at work said this was a good idea. She even informed me that she had to get back in the habit of good posture. Reminding herself especially while driving that she needed to sit up straight.
- Me–stand the computer desk high and then sit while at work–this will cause me to sit up straight since I will then have to look up at the screen.
- Yogi–be conscious of your posture. Believe it or not you will catch yourself slumping and immediately straighten up.
I found an extremely good video *(SarahBethYoga) that I do after my devotional and stretching. It takes only 10 minutes. I can honestly say that it works. Take a look.