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Create good habits
By Elana Bos 5/07/2016 12:00:00 pm Comments

Practice good posture, until it becomes your habit.

Posture is a dynamic pattern of reflexes, habits, and adaptive responses to anything that resists you being more or less upright and functional. Think of gravity, awkward working conditions, lousy ergonomics or athletic challenges

These dynamic patterns occur without the involvement of conscious attention. While you can always exert conscious control over your posture, you will always revert to the unconscious and reflex-controlled pattern the second your mind wanders.

Also a sedentary lifestyle contributes to the degeneration of postural reflexes. “Use it or lose it” is the physiological effects of inactivity: organisms adapt quickly to stimuli and stresses, and atrophy quickly without them. As most of us are being consistent in limited physical activity (not only by leading sedentary lives, also people active at work are often active in only one way) we need variety in our movement.

Probably the simplest cure for eroded postural reflexes is to simply do more with your body. More movement, more positions on daily bases are great start on a good posture.

Here we share a wonderful antidote to all the time we spend leaning over computers, which can lead to rounding in of the upper back and shoulders.

 

The chest opener

Stretching the front body is energizing and it increases the flow of blood to the digestive tract, enhances the efficiency of the stomach, liver, and intestines, while contracting the back body stimulates the kidneys and adrenals.

This chest opener provides a powerful stretch for the front of the shoulders and helps to draw the shoulders back.

    • Interlace your fingers behind your back
    • Squeeze your buttocks, shoulder blades and forearms together
    • Push your pelvis and hands away from each other
    • Bring your chin toward your chest
    • Gaze up while holding the pose for half a minute
    • Let the breath find its own natural rhythm

Take regular posture breaks. Read Strike a pose for another nice posture to incorporate into your daily routine.

 

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