Posture and Mobility
The human body was designed for movement, so to keep your spine at its best we should stay active. A healthier spine means a healthier life. Walking is a terrific form of exercise. It strengthens your spine and helps position your spine in the natural shape it was designed for.
Modern lifestyles such as office work and extended use of computers and mobile devices can force us to be less active and adopt sedentary positions leading to poor posture, issues with balance and coordination and spinal pain.
Regular walking can improve your core strength and may help you maintain better posture during your other daily activities.
- Simple – no instructors or memberships needed
- Inexpensive – no special equipment needed
- Achievable – can be done nearly anywhere and anytime
- Easy – just get up and walk
- Improves balance, coordination and spinal health
- Increases aerobic fitness-improves heart and lung function and aids with loss
- Decreases bone loss
- Improves blood and lung circulation
- Boosts mood, alertness and energy levels
Ultimately walking 30 minutes each day is a commitment your body will thank you for.
Good walking posture:
- Hold your head high and look forward, not on the ground. Keep your chin parallel to the ground.
- Move your shoulders naturally and swing your arms with a slight bend in your elbows.
- Keep your back straight, not arching forward or backwards and gently tighten your stomach muscles.
- Walk smoothly rolling your foot from heel to toe.
Why is good posture important?
When you keep a good posture your joints and spine can easily and efficiently balance and support your body’s weight and your muscles are being used properly. You will also eliminate unnecessary and excessive stress on your body and your joints.
Building up your core strength will help provide stability and protection for your spine.
Other exercises that can also be beneficial to strengthen your core muscles include pilates, yoga and swimming.