Do you work in an office or in front of a computer all day? Do you drive to that office in a car? Do you text or check social media on a phone? If you’ve answered “Yes” to any of these questions, this post is for you!

There are so many things in everyday life that affect posture. So many activities in our society have us slouching and ultimately wreaking havoc on our bodies.

Growing up my Great Nana would poke me in the back, with a zap sound, if she ever caught me slouching. That one small action led to an immediate “stand at attention” along with a side of rolled eyes and a grumble. At the time it was annoying, but Great Nana was definitely on to something.

Posture is something we focus on in the Fitness Industry. Every movement in the gym should display proper posture. This not only helps prevent injury it also allows for the production of maximum power for what you are asking of the body.

But, having good posture is so much more than that. Check it out!

Proper posture

  • Makes breathing easier
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves digestion
  • Stabilizes muscles and joints, preventing against injury – skeletal system
  • Increases mobility – connective tissue
  • Can add to your quality of life
  • Improves strength
  • Can help you appear taller, slimmer, younger

So what does proper posture look like?

Also known as Anatomical Position, proper posture provides the ideal starting position for everything we do with our body.

Standing tall, start with you ears over your shoulders, shoulders over your hips, hips over your knees and knees over your ankles. Abdomen should be tight, knees soft lock, chin parallel to the floor and hands at the side with thumbs pointing forward. If this posture is foreign to you, don’t be surprised if you break a sweat!

Here are a couple of my favorite exercises that help correct posture.

Seated Row

Ideal posture

Fully Contracted

 

Reverse Flyes

Standing with Band Resistance

Alternative Side View

Perfect example of correct posture while executing a standing, reverse fly with banded resistance.

EPIC workouts are designed to provide muscle balance and enhance posture and generally be fun! Be sure to grab one of us if you have any questions on how to make your workouts even better!

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