Ever since you were young you’ve been told to correct your posture… and guess what?
It’s not going to stop now.
The reason your parents, your teachers and now your trainers go on and on about good posture is that it is essential for good health.
For one thing, having good posture can actually trick your brain into feeling more confident. Standing up straight literally makes you more motivated and improves your attitude.
Having good posture means you are using your body the way it was designed to be used. This puts less strain on your spine, your ligaments and your joints, optimising all your movements for better efficiency and performance.
Good posture also opens up your lungs for better breathing so you can optimise your Martial Arts training.
If you’re a sloucher, now’s the time to make a change. These tips and movements can help:
First, have a practice. Stand up straight with your feet hip width apart and take a look in a mirror side on. Correct your stance by:
- Rolling your shoulders back and down
- Levelling your hips to reduce any arch in your back
- Drawing your belly button inwards and up to tighten your core
Make sure your head is centred, with your earlobes in line with your shoulders. Drop your ribs towards your hips (not too much) to prevent your upper back from arching.
Your posture should be symmetrical and balanced. A quick way to get it right is to imagine a helium balloon attached to the very top of your head, gently pulling you upwards.
Exercises for better posture
Good posture is key to Martial Arts & Fitness as it means you can perform every move with less risk of injury. The following moves will help boost your stance: