How to Unlock Your Athletic Potential Through Good Posture:
The following are some of the benefits of good posture:
1) You feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.
2) You have a positive attitude towards life.
3) You get rid of bad habits.
4) You can do more things with your time and energy.
5) You look at other people’s actions with respect instead of being judgmental or condescending.
6) You become more confident.
7) You are less likely to be depressed.
Good posture is not only beneficial for physical health but it also makes you appear more attractive. It looks like the following picture:
Here are some tips to improve your posture:
1) Sit on a hard surface such as concrete or marble floor.
2) Keep your back straight.
Do not arch your back.
3) Don’t lean forward too much while sitting down.
Stand up straight and keep your spine erect. (Keep your head upright.
Don’t tilt it backward too much. Don’t stick it forward either).
4) Wear shoes with proper arch supports or inserts.
5) Keep your shoulders back and down (this will pull your chest out too).
6) Do not cross your legs.
Cross them in front of each other at the ankles.
7) Make sure that you are not holding anything in your hands.
Hold only on to things with the very tips of your fingers.
Eating a nutritious diet, along with regular exercise and physical activity, are the keys to perfecting your posture.
Exercises like those on this website can help improve your posture. The next time you are sitting or standing in front of a mirror, take notice of your posture.
Are your shoulders sloping forward? Are your ears aligned with your shoulders? Is your head tilted forward or is it stuck backward? Is your chin stuck out too far? Is your lower back arched or is it flat? Are you sticking your pelvis out or pulling it in too much?
Examine yourself carefully.
What are the muscles that you can see and what are the ones that are hidden from view?
It is a good idea to learn about the anatomy of the muscles that move your body. This is important because it will help you to know why and how to use them correctly. Knowing about your muscles can also help you to appreciate the way that they look and feel on your body.
Does it seem difficult for you to sit up straight?
Does it seem like your body does not want to hold its ideal position?
Then you need to practice, practice, practice. Use your mind to control the movements of your body. Instead of slouching forward use your mind to pull yourself backward so that your back is straight and your shoulders are level. Instead of sticking your chin out too much pull it back in toward your neck so that it is parallel to the floor.
Sources & references used in this article:
Static posture assessment screen of athletes: Benefits and considerations by J Dicharry – 2012 – Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
Why Your Approach to Fixing Your Low Back Is Making It Worse by MF Kritz, J Cronin – Strength & Conditioning Journal, 2008 – journals.lww.com
Collegiate and high school athlete neck strength in neutral and rotated postures by A Fine, RR Merrill – 2010 – Penguin
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Exceptional: Build Your Personal Highlight Reel and Unlock Your Potential by KJ Hildenbrand, AN Vasavada – The Journal of Strength & …, 2013 – cdn.journals.lww.com
Growing Pains-the Effects of the Adolescent Growth Spurt on Biokinetic Energy Production and Middle Distance Performance by K Hedges – 2017 – books.google.com