Here is our weekly article from guest contributor Paul Hess of Primal Rejuvenation. In todays article he shares the importance of Posture on the rest of your life.
Slouching posture became fashionable in the 20’s along with smoking. Now slouching has many physical causes that make it hard for people to stand, sit and move in a healthy way.
Typical bad posture is head forward, chest sunk, hips forward, butt flat or tail tucked like a scared animal.
It looks ultra relaxed and even submissive, lacking energy, and leading to pain eventually. You see this especially with very thin young people.
It’s kind of like the time series picture of apes evolving into upright man and then back down to slouching over a computer. Looking further forward, with worsening nutrition and higher toxicity, disease rates are accelerating leading to the possibility of the shriveling of the human race to look more like little gray aliens with big heads and tiny bent over bodies.
Signs of good posture and movement:
A straight, slightly curved spine.
An upright confident chest.
Butt out with power glutes.
Freely swinging hips (sacrum)
Fluid movement overall
You can feel the sexy freedom and power as you walk.
It is more efficient.
When walking motion should be in the hips with little eccess body movement other than swinging the arms.
No shoulder bobbing back and forth because the sacrum is locked. Some guys swagger into the room trying to create presence by swaying their shoulders back and forth like a cowboy who is stiff from riding all day. It’s best to have a lower center of gravity with light easy movements.
Latinas hold the standard for good posture with boobs and butts out.
Too many guys are focused on the six pack. To the trained eye the six pack flex is often displayed with a slouching. This can worsen posture and back pain because the abs are on the front side of your body mainly so to over-emphasize those muscles relative to muscles on the back can imbalance muscle tension that holds the spine in place.
The core has a front, center and back. The core functions to stabilize your body for upright posture and especially to bend at the hips. There is actually more muscle mass on the back side: the lower back or spinae erectors, glutes, and adductors on the back and inside of the legs.
Running through the center are key muscles like the psoas that have complex functions and connections.
Why do you think Bruce Lee had such great abs that helped him move with such speed and force? Not just because he worked his abs. He put his abs into all his moves as he stabilized or twisted his body, throwing his hip into his punches or taking hips through a full range of motion with kicks.
The abs are not meant to just be used in isolation. Crunches can hurt your back. Compound ab moves are things like the plank, which is a static contraction that won’t pinch your back if you have pain there. The abs are used in heavy movements like squats and dead lifts and in many sports.
The new core workouts focus more on proper movements like bending at the hip instead of bending at your back or knees. Proper routine movements create good posture. The new core is achieved by strengthening the lower back, glutes and back of the legs to hold the spine upright. It pulls the back up like the cables of a suspension bridge.
The core of the core, the psoas or illio-psoas muscle complex, ties it all together. Releasing tension here loosens and realigns your hips to move differently and have better posture. This often releases trapped emotions to give your hips that free feeling and fluid movement.
I have just explained posture from the bottom up. In subsequent articles I will explain posture from the top down: The posture of your face often determines the posture of your whole body and the functioning of your brain and its stress responses.
Until next time,
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