We all know how important good posture is, but sometimes overlook the obvious. Check out your position whilst sitting and watching T.V, whilst at the computer and how you carry out everyday tasks such as cleaning, gardening etc. If you wake up every morning with a sore back, take a look at your mattress, is it getting too old or perhaps it just doesn’t suit your back. What about your chairs and sofa, or indeed your car seats. A little thought can save you a lot of grief.
Be aware of keeping good posture with your shoulders nicely relaxed, particularly if you are working at the computer for any period of time. Set the alarm to go off every 30 minutes and move away from the screen – walk round the room, and stretch. Your work chair must be in a supportive and comfortable position and try to sit upright. Don’t cross your legs or have the computer screen at an angle to your body.
The joints of the human frame work at their most efficient when allowed to move through their fullest range. In order to maintain this movement, one must keep muscles stretched. Tight muscles lead to weak muscles. Upon movement, fluid is secreted into the joints which keeps them lubricated and mobile. If we don’t maintain these fluid levels, our joints become dry and painful which, in turn, encourages less movement. The joint can become arthritic and more painful and there your vicious circle begins.
In particular, the ‘core’ muscles (the one’s around your middle) need to be strong to support the skeleton and in order to carry out everyday activities without straining. This is known as ‘functional fitness’, whereby one can mimic an activity in the form of an exercise to improve one’s ability to perform the activity with ease. If we don’t do these simple exercises, ‘overloading’ occurs and this can then lead to muscular spasm and the dreaded ‘bad back’.
Maintain good all-round posture, flexibility and agility. Build some ‘core’ strength and functional fitness. Pilates is a great, fun way of achieving this but be sure that the classes are small enough that the instructor can watch your every move and advise you of any alternative should it be necessary. You may consider ‘one-on-one’ classes to begin with if you don’t have enough experience of this exercise technique.
So remember to MOVE, MOVE, MOVE!.