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Is posture actually important

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Created May 25, 2011 at 2:09 AM

I've heard lots of different people say its vital and others say its irrelevant for health. Does it matter when your standing sitting laying down running etc. How much of these should we do like less sitting or what?

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on May 25, 2011
at 03:21 PM

I'm curious to know if there is a link between sitting for long hours causing weak abdominal muscles leading to the "pooching" look around the midsection... and if doing excersises such as planks help improve abdominal strength, thus causing a trimmer looking waist line?

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on May 25, 2011
at 01:52 PM

+1 for ben61820. If the blog really happens :-)

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on May 25, 2011
at 12:52 PM

Quilt, at the risk of sounding overly adolescent, I can not wait to see the nonsense that will be your blog.

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on May 25, 2011
at 12:17 PM

I can't remember where I found most of the information since it was so long ago, but Art de Vany's page (paysite) had several articles on it, and marksdailyapple.com also had a good article. Basic method: Look straight ahead, roll shoulders forward, then up, then back, then down slightly to bring the scapulae into a strong, retracted but relaxed position, then tilt your pelvis forward til it aligns w/ spine and lightly firm (not "flex") your abs. Put your weight over the middle of your foot in most situations. It's easy to favor the ball or the heel, but that'll lead to leg and back pain.

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on May 25, 2011
at 10:40 AM

That's sounds good. Could you provide the sources which helped you most to improve your posture?

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on May 25, 2011
at 04:24 AM

I wish I could fix my knees the way I fixed my posture. My legs are slightly knock-kneed, and it affects my knee mobility, leg strength, etc. I've been wearing some flat Teva aquasocks to the gym, and running in them, at the same time I've been fixing my posture over the past few years, and I've noticed a great improvement in my lower back and abdominal strength, correction of my lordosis, and decrease in sub-scapular pain, but no improvement in my knees/legs. Oh well, can't win em all.

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on May 25, 2011
at 02:40 AM

Gokhale's book is well worth reading I'd say: https://egwellness.com/8-steps-pain-free-back

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Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

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on May 25, 2011
at 02:51 AM

Until maybe 6 months ago, I had some of the worst posture imaginable. One of my students even wrote in my teacher evaluation under "what could your teacher do to improve?" question "You could seriously work on your posture." Being a newly-minted Paleo at the time, I decided to research "primal" posture and came up with several blog entries, HG videos, and Gokhale's book. Since then, most of my friends and family have at some point commented that my posture is perfect, and the thoracic back pain I've had for most of my life vanished after a couple of months of just standing and sitting straight. It takes a lot of cognizance for quite a long time, but it'll become second nature after a month or so.

Gait is almost as important as posture, so don't neglect that. Never wear modern shoes if you can help it, and if you're barefoot or in VFFs or the like, favor the insides of your feet when contacting the ground, not the outsides.

You should be structurally sound both in how you move and how you rest if you want to avoid pain and long-term disfigurement. My awful posture for ~22 yrs. probably lead to my cervical vertebrae ossifying at a slight forward angle (one of those spinal "osis" words, not sure which one). It's probably worth figuring out your posture at the very least to avoid things like that...

1e277ab24aa0ef17ceb17179ef0b134e

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on May 25, 2011
at 10:40 AM

That's sounds good. Could you provide the sources which helped you most to improve your posture?

Medium avatar

(5639)

on May 25, 2011
at 04:24 AM

I wish I could fix my knees the way I fixed my posture. My legs are slightly knock-kneed, and it affects my knee mobility, leg strength, etc. I've been wearing some flat Teva aquasocks to the gym, and running in them, at the same time I've been fixing my posture over the past few years, and I've noticed a great improvement in my lower back and abdominal strength, correction of my lordosis, and decrease in sub-scapular pain, but no improvement in my knees/legs. Oh well, can't win em all.

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

(3417)

on May 25, 2011
at 12:17 PM

I can't remember where I found most of the information since it was so long ago, but Art de Vany's page (paysite) had several articles on it, and marksdailyapple.com also had a good article. Basic method: Look straight ahead, roll shoulders forward, then up, then back, then down slightly to bring the scapulae into a strong, retracted but relaxed position, then tilt your pelvis forward til it aligns w/ spine and lightly firm (not "flex") your abs. Put your weight over the middle of your foot in most situations. It's easy to favor the ball or the heel, but that'll lead to leg and back pain.

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on May 25, 2011
at 03:22 AM

its critical......my belief is that scoliosis is tied to our omega 6/3 index from epigenetics of our mothers. Another thing I will cover in my blog.

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on May 25, 2011
at 01:52 PM

+1 for ben61820. If the blog really happens :-)

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on May 25, 2011
at 12:52 PM

Quilt, at the risk of sounding overly adolescent, I can not wait to see the nonsense that will be your blog.

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on May 25, 2011
at 02:42 AM

My elderly father now has mobility and balance issues, in part due to his declining upright posture. After he had a fall, his PT was working with him on exercises that I would consider to be extremely elemental--such as standing with your back to a wall and placing the back of your head flat against the wall--but now are a challenge for him. It's easy to overlook posture as an important piece of your physical well-being, until you no longer have it.

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on May 25, 2011
at 07:31 AM

The Alexander Technique

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on May 25, 2011
at 06:47 AM

It's important if you don't want your back to hurt all the time.

Also, the other day I saw an old woman who walked like an up-side down J. I don't know how she could see in front of her. Somehow I feel that she was in that physical therapy office for a reason.

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on May 25, 2011
at 02:37 AM

I think it's important, speaking strictly from my own experience. Some may find it difficult to maintain a good posture when sitting for example, you might get tired, but like anything if you make a habit of it it becomes easy and when your muscles get stronger even easier. Try sitting with a hunched back reading or something, and then try the same thing but with good posture (not getting into what that actually consists of right now). I personally don't feel like I need any kind of evidence or study to at least know that crinking your spine in a weird way for extended periods isn't something I want to be doing. I've noticed something interesting sometimes if I've been up reading or on the computer (laptop, sitting on floor sort of hunching over it haha) when I get into bed I notice my lower back feels sorta jammed, not like intense pain or anything but it's uncomfortable. When this happens I just go hang from my pullup bar on my closet doorframe for a couple seconds and let my spine lengthen out. Get back into bed and all better.

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