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Inactivity is taking a toll on your health

safe_imageDid you know that Americans spend on average 13 hours per day sitting, and up to 8 hours per night sleeping! That is 21 hours of inactivity each day, 21 hours of flexor dominant posture!

Then of 31% of Americans who go to the gym regularly, many of them are still working their flexor muscles when they do crunches, or chest press, or how about being drawn forward into chest flexion while using a stationary bike.

This is a serious problem that our society is facing, and will continue to face in future generations if you don’t commit to the necessary paradigm shift. We all need to be activating our posterior chain musculature every day, period. If not their health will weaken and movement will become more and more difficult and painful.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of PROPER POSTURE

Keeps bones and joints in the correct alignment so that muscles are being used properly and efficiently.
Helps decrease the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in arthritis.

Decreases the stress on the ligaments holding the joints of the spine together.
Optimizes breathing and circulation.
Prevents the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions (for example an abnormal lateral curvature, or scoliosis).
Prevents fatigue because muscles are being used more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy.
Improves organ function.
Prevents strain or overuse problems.
Prevents backache, neck pain, and diffuse muscular pain.
Contributes to a good appearance.

POSTURE BREAKS

 Research shows that taking frequent short breaks (micro-breaks) are more effective in preventing aches and pains, than a single longer break in the middle of the day. The purpose of the posture break is to stretch the muscles that become tight from sitting all day.
  • Take a 30 second break every 20 minutes
  • Sit on the front of your chair with good posture of your lower back
  • Open your arms wide and push your chest forward
  • Lean head back for a deeper stretch

There is still so much more to be learned about proper posture and your back health!

At Johnston Health Center you health is of paramount importance to us.  Sign up for a free consultation and we can assess your posture and get you back on track to healthy living!  Simply fill out the form here or contact us at 705-728-3070 in Barrie or 705-476-9111.

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Source – American Posture Institute

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