If the yogis say that a person’s age is determined by the flexibility of his/her spine, then I’m in trouble!
I’ve been slouching and sitting too much for all my life. My bad sitting habits have transformed my straight posture to a back with kyphosis, and lordosis. My back flexibility is embarrassing. It seems that all those years at school, and then 7 years studying engineering took their toll.
Ok maybe my situation is not that bad. I don’t have low back pain (like 80% of Americans will get at least once in their lives). Even though my bad posture might cost me an inch or two in height, at least my non-straight back is not visible to the untrained eye.
I didn’t even know I didn’t have a straight posture until I attended a posture seminar for fitness professionals two years ago. Imagine our surprise when 95% of us realized we had at least one posture issue!
So if 95% of fitness pros got posture problems, then what would that percentage be for the rest of the population?
Exactly. And that’s why I’m creating this Posture Series. To educate you about what straight posture really is, and give you options on how to correct it.
Before I go further let me say that I’m addressing posture issues coming from muscle balances – or else, sitting/slouching too much. There are a number of medical conditions that can cause back problems (think spine tumors, osteoporosis, arthritis just to name a few). I won’t be talking about these cases. My talk here will be limited for the people who have posture issues from bad sitting habits.
And that’s most of us.
And if you’re like me two years ago, you might think your back is straight, even if it’s not really.
So let’s start this Straight Posture Series with a roundup of everything I’ve produced so far about the subject.
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