You can take years off your appearance and ease pain in your muscles
and joints without expensive surgery, cosmetics or even highly
demanding exercise routines.
All you need to do is spend a few minutes a day focusing on one of
the most important -- and neglected -- aspects of a youthful
appearance and an optimally functioning body... posture.
Think of your body as if it were a stack of building blocks -
If the blocks are lined up unevenly, the structure is weak and is
more likely to collapse. If they're carefully lined up one on top of
the other, the structure is strong.
When the body is misaligned, it fails to function as efficiently as
possible. Bad posture contributes to arthritis, muscle pain and
injuries. These aches and pains cause us to avoid activities that we
went wrong? -
Modern society has evolved in such a way that we're no longer
required to move as much during our day-to-day activities. And when
we do move, we do so in the same repetitive ways, not utilizing all
of our muscles or our full range of motion. Certain muscles get
strong while others get weak -- and we lose correct alignment.
What Is BAD POSTURE?
A rounded back and/or shoulders.
A pelvis that is tilted too far forward or backward.
Too much or too little curve in the lower back.
A head that droops or protrudes too far forward.
A shoulder, hip or other body part that is higher or more forward
than the same part on the other side of the body.
A foot, knee or ankle that points to one side.
By performing the following simple exercises to correct and maintain
posture, you can begin to achieve maximum physical function as you
age. The following four
exercises strengthen and stretch unique muscles in the body that
hold us upright and stabilize us -
muscles that usually aren't
worked by standard aerobic and strength-training exercises.
Ideally, this alignment program
should be practiced at least
every other day as an adjunct to your usual aerobic, stretching and
Although it can take weeks to change posture, you will feel a
difference in your alignment after doing the exercises only once.