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National Posture Month

May 2024

National Posture Month May 2024 - Crystal Coast Wellness and Performance

It's National Posture Month! Let's explore the importance of posture and how it can significantly impact your overall health. Posture is not just about sitting up straight; it encompasses how you hold your body both when you're in motion and at rest. We will delve into the two types of posture, dynamic and static, and examine the effects of poor posture on various aspects of your well-being. Also, I will provide you with a selection of exercises that can help improve your posture and support a healthier, more aligned body.

What is posture?

Posture is how you hold your body. It is broken down into two types.

  • Dynamic posture is how you hold yourself while moving.

  • Static posture is how you hold yourself when not moving.

How does posture affect your health?

  • Slouching can misalign your musculoskeletal system.

  • Poor posture can cause neck, shoulder, and back pain.

  • Poor posture can negatively affect your balance and increase the risk of falls.

  • Slumping of the spine can make it harder to breathe by decreasing your diaphragm.

The key to good posture is the position of your spine. Your spine has three natural curves at the neck, the mid back, and the low back. Correct posture maintains these three curves, but does not increase them.

Below are some exercises that can help improve your posture

Cat Cow Posture Improvement Exercises National Posture Month


Position yourself on your hands and knees with your hands placed under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. Slowly round your back up towards the ceiling and then arch your back down by pulling your abdomen towards the floor. 

Pull Apart Posture Improvement Exercises National Posture Month

Banded Pull-Apart

While holding an elastic band with your elbows straight in front of your body, pull your arms apart and towards the side. Once the band touches your chest, really try and squeeze the mid-back muscles to stretch the band even further. Hold for a few seconds and slowly return to the start position.

Glute Bridge Posture Improvement Exercises National Posture Month

Glute Bridge

Lie face up on the floor, with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Keep your arms at your side with your palms down.Lift your hips off the ground until your knees, hips and shoulders form a straight line. Squeeze your glutes hard and keep your abs drawn in so you don’t overextend your back during the exercise.

Maintaining good posture is a fundamental aspect of optimizing your health and wellness. Poor posture can lead to musculoskeletal misalignment, resulting in discomfort and pain in the neck, shoulders, and back. Additionally, it can negatively impact your balance, increasing the risk of falls. Moreover, slumping of the spine can hinder proper breathing by restricting the movement of the diaphragm. By focusing on the position of your spine and preserving its natural curves, you can improve your posture and mitigate these adverse effects.

Incorporating exercises into your routine, such as the Cat/Cow, Banded Pull-Apart, and Glute Bridge, can be highly beneficial in enhancing your posture. These exercises target key muscle groups and help strengthen the muscles that support proper alignment. Remember to perform these exercises with precision and control, gradually incorporating them into your fitness regimen.

As we celebrate National Posture Month, we encourage you to prioritize your posture and make conscious efforts to improve it. By doing so, you can enjoy the benefits of a more aligned body, reduced pain and discomfort, enhanced balance, and improved overall health. Let this month serve as a reminder to take care of your posture, both in motion and at rest, and embrace the positive impact it can have on your daily life.

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