Posture correcting

July 24, 2009

Whilst writing this blog, I am acutely aware of my posture. Sitting at a desk all day is the WORST thing you can possibly do, even worse than deadlifts, which we all know are the worlds most lethal activity. However, you can stop the degeneration to your body caused by office posture, and even reverse it.

Studies have shown that you can correct an imbalance by doing the exact opposite of what caused it. For example, if you sit at a desk all day you need to do the exact opposite of sitting at a desk, i.e. bending your legs behind you, stretching your arms behind you, looking up at the ceiling.

Some people claim they cant bend their back in half, or do the splits, but I can tell you that its just laziness. I once saw a great Tae-Kwon-Do demonstration where the master pulled a volunteer from the audience and promised to show him how to achieve the splits. He asked the guy to sit on the floor with the soles of his feet touching, then the master JUMPED on his knees, forcing them down to the floor in one quick motion. Of course, the guy passed out and moaned for a bit. Apparently he couldn’t walk for 2 weeks. But after that he could do the splits!

But back to the office, other common activities which can cause problems are photocopying which can cause paralysis, and answering the telephone too much, which can cause lordosis. These can be corrected though, simply by forcing yourself into extreme positions to counteract the office posture.

Posture is only relevant due to gravity, so another easy solution to improve your posture is to work in a low gravity environment, such as a swimming instructor or jet fighter pilot.

Remember that the key to good posture is being aware of your joints, and obviously awareness follows visual acuity. If you don’t look at your joints you CANNOT be aware of them.

Take home messages:

  • Frequently look at your body and joints to increase postural awareness
  • Push yourself into high degrees of torsion in opposite directions to your everyday posture
  • Change jobs to work in a low G environment

One Response to “Posture correcting”

  1. Extenze said

    Hey very nice blog!! Man .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your blog and take the feeds also…

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