Improve Your Posture

Why should we have good posture?  If our body is balanced through good posture, it contributes to our overall well-being and health; and more importantly we can move through our day pain-free and with efficiency. 

But for the most of us who work a desk job, maintaining good posture can be a challenge. 

Many of our clients to the studio share their universal pain points from sitting at their desk, some of which are a sore lower back, sore shoulders, tightness through the hips and most commonly poor posture from using a computer!

It is important to point out that you are not alone!  It is extremely common for those of us in desk jobs to present with very similar tight spots, pain points, and postural faults.   

Commonly, the above are caused by repetitive work tasks, our own daily habits such as carrying our bag on the same shoulder, using computers and phones all day, as well as long periods of sitting at our desks.  

It is important to share that having good posture isn't just about how we look, it is about how our body functions so that we can move about our day freely.  Having bad posture can lead to all sorts of problems like pain, injury, discomfort and if prolonged even disability.

We have all heard the many benefits of practicing Pilates, but did you know that we can specifically address your posture and pain points within our classes too?

Pilates helps to improve our posture in many ways, but here are five:

1. We Stretch Tight Muscles. There are common muscles that become tight from long periods of sitting in a forward flexed position over our computer.  Pilates programs specifically release hips, shoulders and lower back muscles, to help you re-balance and realign your body and spine! 

Don't forget that we have put together a simple stretch guide you can do at work.  Download it here >>

2. Strengthen Weak Muscles. Upper back and hip weaknesses are two of the most common areas we see in our clients who work desk jobs.  By incorporating specific upper back and hip strengthening exercises in your program you'll prevent future injury, reduce pain and improve your posture.

3. Spinal Elongation and Core Strength.  When we sit for long periods of time our spine begins to compress. Poor posture on top of that causes stress to the spine which may start to appear as lower back pain within your body.  Focusing on core strength and exercises that lengthen your spine are key and are common protocol in every Pilates class!

4. Breathing. Yes! The act of simply sitting up tall and taking long, slow, deep breaths has huge positive effects on our posture.  Breathing can be practiced at your desk - not just in your Pilates class!!  For a few moments at the start of each Pilates class we practice breathing to assist you with becoming present in the mind, and we coordinate breathing through-out your practice to encourage the connection of mind and body through movement. When you learn to breathe correctly and practice regularly, the simple act of breathing during the day becomes much more habitual.  

5. Education. Posture improvement happens when we start to understand our own bodies!  When you attend your Pilates class your Pilates Instructor can help you work out where your postural imbalances are and help you formulate a plan of attack to reverse your bad habits and create positive new ones!

If you have any questions about this article or would like to get in touch with me to please feel free, Iʻd love to hear from you. My personal email is jodie@vitalwellnesspilates.com.au