“We are a one-piece machine, so failure in any part of the chain has a cascading effect.”
For example, forward-head posture affects neck, upper back, chest and shoulders. The cascading effect is the rounding of the low back, tucking of the pelvis, resulting in hip dysfunction. This posture in a standing position carries through to locked knees, tight calves and inactive glutes.
Because we spend so much time sitting, our hip flexors shorten, as do the pectoral muscles due to hunching over.
Daily Habits to Help Improve Posture:
- First off, look for ways to spend more time moving, playing and being generally more active.
- Become body-aware and make adjustments throughout the day to improve your posture.
- When exercising focus on opening up the front and strengthening the back.
- Focus on feeling engagement of your core as you sit at your desk, drive your car, carry groceries etc.
- Consider using a standing desk or stability balls in place of a chair.
- Set up your devices at eye-level or slightly above to prevent hunching throughout the day.
- When holding devices such as phones and tablets, try to lift them to your eyes, rather than dropping your neck.
- When seated make sure your chair is set so that your elbows are supported at 90 degrees and your knees are stacked over your ankles.
- When at a standing desk, tilt your monitor back 10 to 20 degrees, use an anti-fatigue mat, and wear shoes with proper arch support.
What we do most wins! What do you want your posture to look like?
Recipe of the Week:
I am a big fan of sheet pan meals and Blueberry Glazed Salmon with Brussels Sprouts is a new favorite. It’s also a nice change from my “go-to” salmon recipe. This recipe calls for putting the pan in a COLD oven, then turning it on. It works!
Quote of the Week:
“The secret to beauty is simple – be who you are.”
- Bobbi Brown