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Better Posture Means Better Workout

Poor posture can lead to back pain that limits how a person functions. Ordinary tasks become difficult. It also makes proper form during exercise hard to do. Since poor posture seems to be on the rise, mostly due to our sedentary lifestyles, the risk of muscular injury is also on the rise.

It is imperative to strengthen and stretch core and back muscles. Weak back muscles contribute to poor posture. A strong core will help support these back muscles.Some important exercises to include in an overall workout program to help improve those core and back muscles are planks and rows.

Often, muscles can be so tight that working them properly seems impossible. Working on flexibility is effective, so adding stretching as well as a self-massage routine is extremely important. One area for people with poor posture to focus on is the chest, or pectorals. Tight pecs pull the shoulders forward so opening up the chest will help with the poor alignment issues. Self-massage can be acheived with many of the devices now sold for body rolling, such as biofoam rollers.

A person can be instructed to pull their shoulders back and down without success. Just to be told to keep a certain posture does not mean a body can or will do it. Most of the time, there has to be a hands on approach to instruct a person how to acheive good posture and alignment. Therefore, exercise classes, particularly large ones, can be a contributor to poor alignment and posture. If a person strengthens muscles to do what we do not want them to do and neglects the ones that are weaker, the muscular imbalances just get greater and the risk of injury increases.

If a person gets down to basics first and works on posture, workouts get more effective. Balance and strength improve dramatically. Daily activities get easier. Life gets better. Smile.

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