Lately I have been paying attention to my posture and the way I walk. Years ago, when I used to injure my shoulders pretty often, I began overcompensating the lack of range of motion in my shoulders, with bad posture. I remember, how much my shoulder ached when I tried to stand with my shoulders up and it was way easier to keep them dropping down and not feel the pain. Thus, quickly my posture became terrible. That was the time when I lived in USA. I remember how my dad reacted when I came back to Bulgaria, and he saw my posture. He used to make remarks all the time, till I didn’t improve my posture. Nowadays when I have more knowledge about human’s body and the way it functions, I understand why he was so hard on!
Do you ever think about the way you sit, stand or walk? Your lower back hurts, your shoulder, neck and knee hurt and you are always searching for the cause of it in a previous injury, black magic or probably the cold weather, right? Truth is that if you make the effort to pay attention to the way you move your body, when doing your daily tasks, you will find out how leaning to different objects, putting the weight on one leg while waiting somebody, crossing your leg or your arms and so forth, really harm your health.
I remember when I used to play basketball and we were participating in a European Championship, we had a really good kynesitherapist with us- Teodor Valkov. Most of us had the bad habit to cross our legs when sitting, and he used to yell at us, explaining that we have no idea what happens in our low back when we cross legs. Since then, every time I think of crossing my legs over, I remember his words and I stop immediately.
When we bend or tilt our posture, putting more weight on one leg or walking leaning forward, we usually don’t use our muscles and we load the joints. That is why the bend posture leads to so much pain. If when you are sitting, you keep your back straight and your shoulders back, then your back muscles are working in order to keep that posture straight. When you stand on both of your legs, without putting more weight on one of your legs, then the muscles on your butt are working. This is the reason, why when a person works out the right way and strengthens his muscles, the posture improves and he feels better.
Right now I am training with Alexander and Dobi, who work out with me and used to have serious issues with their posture. Both of them were leaning a lot and had pain all over their bodies. Fo the past few months, they are doing a lot of drills with bands and pipes and they stretch a lot. Besides that Alex had anterior tilt and with the proper weightlifting program, he managed to improve that. Now both of them say that even when walking, they feel the difference in their posture. Now they feel more stable and the most important thing is that the pain is gone!
That’s why this week I want you to pay attention to the way you walk, sit or stand! Do you cross your legs? Do you walk leaning forward? Do you tilt your hips? Do you step on the inside of your feet or probably the outside of your feet? All of this, even though it might look minor at first sight, is actually on of the most important things for the health of your body and for keeping you save from injuries and pain!
Pay attention to the way you move and what you do with your body! Try to think about the wrong moving patterns and correct them. You will see that after a while you will feel great!
You are allowed to tilt your posture only when you strike a pose for a picture;)
Here Gabi is showing you how you can use the band to improve your mobility!