You’re Aging Yourself–Watch Your Posture

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:

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Remember that posture affects your entire body.  Bad posture causes pain and your entire body has to compensate for it.  So stand/sit straight and remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Your body will thank you.
*Take a look at other videos by SarahBethYoga on her YouTube channel.

 

 

 

Getting Up After The Fall

There was a great article in the Star-Telegram written by Marty Sabota concerning falls in people of a certain age.  You can read the article at this link:  http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article36208161.html.

Fals 1In the article there are several tips to cut the risk of falls.  As we mature, we need to do more balancing exercising.  Recently talk show host Wendy Williams talked about a fall she took while wearing athletic footwear–not her trademark heels.  She even laughed at herself.  As Wendy stated, she did fall, but she was able to get up easily, and she was not sore the next morning–she exercises.  You have to keep moving.

Just try sitting on the floor and getting up without assistance, if you find that you can’t or it’s hard, then you need to get to work on getting in shape. Believe it or not yoga can assist in working on balance.  There are many forms of yoga to fit your age and your ability. Don’t think you will ever fall, maybe not, but will you be able to help someone up if they fall?

Remember “thisisyourbestyear“.  Most of us will fall, but how many of us will be able to get up?

Yoga At Sundance Square

The YMCA of Fort Worth and Sundance Square holds free yoga classes every other Saturday at Sundance Square. It was a beautiful day to hang out with friends and get a little exercise.

As women of a certain age, we must keep our flexibility, and doing yoga is a good way to do it. Doing different types of exercising also helps to keep us motivated.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

To find out about what else is going on in Sundance Square visit their website at:  http://www.sundancesquare.com/

You can find out more about the Fort Worth YMCA at: http://www.ymcafw.org/metropolitan/default.aspx

Check your local area to find out what’s going on–you might find something interesting.