Where to begin with fitness? All of us want to be fit but struggle with the how’s?? The simplest starting point could be the posture.
The idea is simple: Spend one month to perfect your posture. Agree this is not as attractive or sexy as the bigger goals to have flat washboard abs or an ideal bikini body but poor posture is often the small factor that effects the bigger overall well being, performance and confidence.
Posture is the Core- In India, the yogis have known and practiced this for generations as what we now call “mountain pose.” In which you stand erect with your feet together and arms at your sides or hands folded into a ‘ namaste’ in front of you, and preferably close your eyes . After a while you can feel your body swaying in an attempt to maintain balance. That is the natural corrective programming of our body to correct the posture, that we silence over time.
Easy corrective techniques for good posture
1. Duct tape yourself– Find a roll of duct tape. Remove your shirt, stand straight and upright, have a friend apply a strip of tape down your spine—from the base of the neck to your lower back. Then apply two other pieces of tape from the top of each shoulder to the middle of your back. When finished, it will look like an upside-down peace sign.
Now wear your shirt back on and start your day—working at the computer, driving your car, partying, doing household chores, playing at the field, whatever, wherever. But, every time you start to hunch or slouch, the tug of the tape will remind you to stand taller or sit straighter while gently pulling you back into alignment. In case of men with hairy backs this could feel more than a tug 😉
If an athlete’s posture is really bad the duct tape method is an effective way to help correct it. Wearing duct tape for a week or month should do the trick.
In case the tape comes off real quick it just goes to show how much you slouch and should be replaced immediately. For a sportsperson this maybe difficult on routine days but is an effective way to maintain body discipline on your rest schedules.
The goal is to go through an entire day without feeling the tape on your back.
2. Exercise- Professionals will still have to do their scheduled workouts and sessions but having a strong core of endurance muscles helps sit taller, stand straighter and run better. Even on the field whatever your sport you will feel the difference of a good posture.
3. Water and Diet- A balanced diet and regular intake of water is a must for good health, this is something we all know of but water or diet effects our posture was something we don’t really relate. But of course, dehydration or a deficient diet lead to fatigue which in turn leads to poor posture.
Posture affects more than you imagine and should be a first-line of treatment if your performance is slipping. If you’re experiencing chronic pain or are continually disappointed in your performance even after focused training, have a physical therapist or other expert evaluate your posture. Few athletes think to do it, but it should be foundational. The adjustments you make to your posture will make a noticeable performance and comfort difference. You could even try to video yourself while training to analyze your posture by yourself.
If a simple hug has the power to comfort people and restore their self confidence, then adjusting your posture could be the self hug you need to win.