May Is Posture Month

Part four: This week we add back strength moves.

Yes, rowing works your back along with other muscles needed to row a boat, lift your child, pick up groceries, keep the wood pile loaded, pull weeds from your garden, open a door, water-ski, etc. Any and all pulling moves will pull in your back muscles. (pun intended) 🙂

In order to gain and maintain your proper posture, you need to stay in balance which means you want to get a posture check so you know exactly what you need to do for optimal performance and a happy, healthy you.

Please be sure to work with your professional allied health care provider: doctor, therapist, trainer, for your customized program to remain safe and healthy.

I hope you have been following the “May Is Posture Month” advice with me and incorporating these tips into your healthy lifestyle.

We have a bonus five weeks this May; so, please be sure to take advantage of your extra fifth posture tip coming next week.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

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May Is Posture Month

Part three: This week we add chest stretches.

Please remember to do your personal chest stretches recommended for you for best results. We see the results of general information; therefore, please be sure to find out what you need to do for your specific situation.

Stretching out your chest area will help you to maintain proper posture throughout your day.

Check with your doctor, physical therapist, personal trainer or other allied health team member to find out which chest stretches are best for you.

Best of health to you and goodbye.

image: thank you, Tim Mossholder on unsplash.com

May is Posture Month

Part two: This week we concentrate on keeping our shoulders back and down in a neutral position as opposed to raised or hunched shoulders.

Go ahead and try to take a deep breath in your current position. How does that feel?

Now, move your shoulder blades (scapula) back and down. Take another deep breath. Is that more refreshing? Do you feel your lungs able to expand easier for a better inhalation?

Great.

Now, just remember to use proper upper back posture to breathe easy for your full inhalation and exhalation all day. You will actually learn to have better lung capacity and breath control.

Believe it or not, most people only use about one-fourth of their lung capacity at any given time of the day.

What do you want?

I want full use of my lung capacity; therefore, I will take these steps to maintain my posture and lung capacity for optimal oxygen flow, which leads to my boundless energy flow. Woohoo. 🙂

Best of health to you and good-bye.

image courtesy of Natalie ~ your friendly neighborhood Personal Trainer ~ NAPS 2 B Fit

May is Posture Month – Happy May Day

Part one: May you remember to use proper posture during posture month of May; because,

May is designated as Posture Month.

Therefore, we will do a desk work station check up this week. Let’s get started.

Is your computer at eye level?

Are you holding your phone at eye level?

Are your supplies and items you reach for throughout the day balanced left and right?

Are your elbows, hips and knees at ninety degrees or greater?

If you are having any discomfort, you may benefit from a self evaluation of your posture habits and work station.

This goes for all work related activity, whether you work at a desk or move around doing physical labor. I give extra points to the employers who rotate the employees work stations regularly to avoid overuse injuries.

When doing physical labor you need to support your back while bending and lifting. I know sometimes it is hard, if not nearly impossible; but, you still need to take care of your spine…as well as the rest of you.

Consequently, use the back brace as an assistive device when needed instead of consistently.

Furthermore, you need to pay attention to your posture 24/7, during all activities, including resting. I know, I know; but, trust me; you will thank me later, if not sooner.

By the way, you are all lucky I get any work done at all for you when I have that great view calling me outdoors every single minute of every single day. 🙂

Best of health to you and goodbye.

image by: Natalie ~ Personal Trainer ~ NAPS 2 B Fit.