Long periods of inactivity or sitting down can have an effect on your posture. Also badly designed programs where you are only working a limited number of muscles, or participating in activities that are very repetitive, can adversely affect your posture.
Many people with office jobs or those that spend a lot of time driving, will often have lower back problems and a rounded upper back. This is known as hyper kyphosis.
Poor posture is caused by shortened muscles, poor flexibility and a lack of muscle strength (to maintain a good posture against gravity). However, poor posture can be addressed and treated with a good exercise program.
To help improve posture, a plan with a good range of stretching and lengthening movements will go a long way to help undo the damage caused by habitual sitting and slouching. This will usually include a range of movements that stretch the muscles at the front of the body and strengthen those at the back. Using free weights to strengthen the muscles will also help posture and ensuring that you don’t use weights that are too heavy and begin to affect your form.
As part of your course, we will cover the different types of postures, how they are caused and how they can be treated.