This blog walks you through the proper technique of perfect posture. If you’d prefer to watch instead of read, there is a video you can follow along to in which I walk you through every aspect of perfect posture. Use this blog to practice and improve your posture!
First off – what are some of the benefits of having better posture?
- Increased core strength.
- Greater confidence – increase your self-confidence and make people view you as more confident as well
- Stronger upper-back and shoulders
- More flexibility and mobility in chest and shoulders
- Reduced spine, back, or neck pain
- Improved energy levels
- Look taller, more muscular, and command more attention
The list goes on, but the point is that there is basically no reason why you wouldn’t want to have good posture. The issue is that most of us don’t really know HOW to stand with good posture. You may think you do, but I’m going to walk you through every step of the way here.
First off, I want you to think of posture as a full body exercise. It isn’t just in your chest or your abs. It starts in your feet, and goes all the way up to your head. Every part of your body has a role to play in proper posture. It might sound overwhelming at first, but the more you practice it, the easier it becomes. All it takes is consistent effort, and pretty soon you won’t even have to think about it! (Seriously – it becomes habit.)
Watch the video below to learn proper technique for perfect posture.
Read the instructions below the video for a full written explanation.
- Turn your toes to face straight forward, insides of your feet parallel with one another. This helps align your hips, which in turn aligns your spine. It ensures there is no pain in your lower-back, that you are maintaining hip mobility, and you are able to engage your core.
- Press down evenly through your feet. Make sure your weight is evenly distributed through the toes and heels.
- Slightly bend or relax the knees. This can make neutral pelvic alignment easier.
- Squeeze your inner thighs toward one another, and slightly (just slightly!) engage your glutes. This strengthens the muscles in your thighs, hips, and your core, which takes pressure out of the lower-back.
- Position your hips directly above your heels. Many people have a tendency to lean forward so their hips are in front of the heels – avoid this! By leaning back slightly and making sure your hips are directly above the heels, you’ll feel this way more in your core, instead of your back. It also relieves pressure on the toes and fronts of your feet.
- Lift your ribs away from your hips. This helps to engage your core, improves your presence by making you taller and your chest appear larger, and stretches your lower torso area (something you probably aren’t doing when you sit).
- Turn your palms to face forward, and roll your shoulders up, back, and down. This puts your upper-body in the proper position for perfect posture, with your chest open, shoulders relaxed, and muscles between the shoulder blades (your rhomboids) slightly engaged.
- Press the top of your head toward the ceiling. Get taller, and make sure your neck is nice and long so there’s no pain there.
- Relax your chin toward your chest, and slightly pull your neck backwards. This puts your cervical spine (your neck) in proper alignment. You may see be able to see your chest in your peripheral vision when you do this properly.
Alright – got all of that?
Of course you don’t – not yet, at least. It takes practice. There are many elements involved in perfect posture and the only way to make all of them second nature is by practicing them on a regular basis; devoting 100% of your attention to your body and making sure each and every part of it is doing what it’s supposed to be doing.
My recommendation for improving your posture is following a fitness-centric yoga program specifically focused on improving your posture. No other form of fitness that I’ve encountered focuses so much on posture. I also recommend using a yoga program specifically focused on posture. Following any old yoga class will most likely help your posture over time, but I’m making the assumption that you would like to spend your time as wisely as possible, making sure that the workouts you are doing give you the most “bang for your buck”, sort to speak.
In other words, you don’t need to attend a 60 minute yoga session five times per week to improve your posture. What you need is long-term plan to improve your posture utilizing the most appropriate exercises and routines to do so, and that doesn’t take a full 60 minutes every day. This leaves room in your schedule to keep doing your other workouts, or if you’re pressed for time or haven’t established an exercise habit quite yet, to ease into it.
I want to introduce to you The The Posture Fix, a 12-week program designed to take you from sloucher with no sense of postural awareness to effortless, perfect posture – in just about 30 minutes per day, with no need to for gyms, weights, or expensive equipment.
This program used to be available only within the Man Flow Yoga Members’ Area, but for the first time ever I am making programs available outside of the Members’ Area.
Here’s what you can expect by completing The Posture Fix:
- Help you make good posture a daily, hourly habit
- Build core strength, improve balance, increase mobility, and make your entire body stronger.
- Get rid of computer neck or other spine-related back pain
- Boost your confidence with better posture – other people notice, too!
Learn more about The Posture Fix by clicking the link below! I have a 100% satisfaction-guaranteed policy. If you aren’t satisfied, just let me know and I’ll happily refund you.
The Posture Fix is also available in the
Man Flow Yoga Members’ Area.
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