Do you often get injured while you are training?
You got the best shoes, invested in the fancy newest gears but you still finish your long training sessions with knee or dull low back pain?
Or perhaps you are experiencing daily tension headaches, fatigue, difficulty breathing, digestive disorders?
Did you ever think the source of your pain may be coming from your posture?
And did you ever think that by paying attention to your body mechanics you could possibly completely eliminate your pain and discomfort?
Your body works at its best when it is in its correct postural alignment.
So what is the optimal posture?
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In an ideal world (sideview) the ear, shoulder, hip bone and the ankle bone are stacked one on top of the other. From the front the shoulders, hips, knees and ankles are in one straight line, facing forward, feet are stacked under the hips.
The body is symmetric; this way the forces are spread evenly between the muscles and joints.
Every deviation from this ideal posture predisposes you for discomfort, pain & arthritis and possible nerve impingement.
You may ask, if good posture is the most energy efficient way to stand and sit then why is it harder to stand straight than to slouch?
When you want to change your posture, at first, maintaining good posture will be difficult because your postural stabilizing muscles are weak and fatigue easily. And the “slouching muscles” (muscles always work in pairs) are too strong, overacting and pulling you out of alignment.
To fix this, you have to reduce the tension in the muscles that are overacting. This will reduce the need for the postural muscles to work extra hard. And you will also need to strengthen the postural muscles so they're able to hold the better, new you.
In time, - I promise - posture correction feels more natural and becomes progressively easier.
Posture correction, in itself, is a legitimate exercise that most people don't like to do because it doesn't offer the feeling of an aerobic workout. But with correct alignment and good posture, your workouts will be more efficient, you will feel more energized, less likely to get injured, and to top it off you'll look and feel more confident.
Correct your body mechanics, get the strength your sport requires. The best gear and fancy toys can wait.