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Posture and your health

Stand up straight….. Posture and your fitness

There aren’t many fitness classes, other than perhaps Yoga and Pilates, where we are asked to think about posture, but it is hugely important in all areas of fitness. Here is why, and how, you need to improve your posture.

Poor posture means that your skeletal structure, muscular system and all connective tissue are all unaligned. This isn’t necessarily a huge problem but it does mean that when we work out, and indeed just move, we aren’t as efficient as we could be. It could also mean we put unneeded stress on joints and muscles which cause short term and long term damage. You may have some exercises that you always feel are much harder than others, or, tend to leave a muscle particularly tight; this could be a sign of poor posture. You can ask a physiotherapist to look at your posture but there are some exercises that you can complete to help.

At the gym we often complete ‘ pushing’ exercises, this coupled with being sat at a desk for long period can mean poor shoulder posture. To remedy this we need to do ‘pulling’ exercises which work the upper back muscles and therefore stop your shoulders hunching forwards. Concentrate on exercises for your rhomboids, mid to lower-trapezius and rotator cuff muscle group.

If you spend a lot of time sat down, or do a lot of spinning, you may notice that your hips rotate forward. This is because your hip flexors are slightly shortened and your hip extensors slightly weakened. To overcome this make sure you work on your glutes.

Wearing high heels or running on inclines can cause tight calves, this is because the are shortened. The key to stopping this from happening is strengthening the opposite muscle, the tibialis anterior. This can be done with stretches and on some gym equipment.

If you are unsure about your posture and would like help with to improve it you can always speak to one of our personal trainers about exercising any of the above muscles. Physiotherapists will be able to advice you thoroughly on posture. Remember to always consider your seating position in order that you are not slouched.

If you are interested in realising some personal fitness goals then why not give i-motion gym a try? We have membership that starts from just £12.99 a month, over 90 classes a week, state of the art equipment and more. No excuses, just results… www.i-motiongym.com/join

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