Don’t do anything until 1,2,3 POSTURE

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As a Professional Personal Trainer, I insist on many things throughout a 1-2-1 training session with my clients. There are 3 things that stand head and shoulders above everything else when it comes to training. Get these three things right and you’ll be learning to master everything else with much more ease and hugely reduce the detrimental effects that dampen more enthusiastic and positive mindsets during training…INJURY.



And the other two Musts are so important that I am devoting an entire post on each one to make sure that there are NO misunderstandings of their importance.

Why is good posture important?

Good posture allows the perfect distribution of pressure throughout the body so the musculo-skeletal system can function properly and protect against injury. If the spine is not held in an aligned position, the internal organs are cramped into less space, which can dramatically reduce their effectiveness.

Sit in a bad position at your office computer on a daily basis for example, and you could find yourself suffering with continued stress headaches, extremely tense shoulders and the beginnings of lower back pain.

So GOOD POSTURE is the first and foremost of these 3 MUSTS when it comes to training. Whether you are weight training, cardiovascular training, specific sport training, cardio/interval training, the list goes on. Why? If you start off any exercise with bad posture, regardless of what type of exercise it is, you are putting yourself in a weakened unnatural state that can lead to injury. A couple of ways to find out whether you have good, acceptable or bad posture is by doing this. If you have the means, you can seek a local professional to assess your postural position.

Use a friend to look at your Posture

If you are like most of us, you can have a friend, training partner, family member or work colleague just observe you for a day or so. Do this over a period of a couple of days. Allow enough time for the assessment, so that you don’t know when you are being observed. Ask them to be honest with you. Do they see you hunch over your desk or computer at work, sit at the dinner table slouching your shoulders, or maybe your training partner see’s you in a bad postural position whilst training.

The verdict may come back varied. But if it comes back to you at all, where your posture has been questionable, it is time to start thinking, becoming continually aware and taking corrective action toward achieving good upright posture.

Another way is to take a quick look in the mirror from the profile perspective. Do you stand up tall, straight and confident or do you drop your head and get an unnatural S shape to your profile. If you are experiencing any type of back or neck pain, this is a good indication that you are probably suffering from a bad postural position.

I never have any back or neck pain, not only because I have Very good posture, but I always follow the other two Musts of the 1,2,3. There are many good short books that are available to help you with your posture if you feel that you need it. You can find these in the helpful resource section of the site.

I know a few Personal Trainers that actually make a good living straightening people and getting them into a GOOD POSTURAL position. For the most part, for the sake of keeping this post to a reasonable length, Life has a way of creeping up on us, and the little things that didn’t mean much as far as our posture, our slouching etc. years ago have a way of compounding over the years of continued abuse and laziness. Just remember, your posture say’s a lot about who you are.

You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression! Good Posture is critical!

So Good Posture is the BIG NUMBER ONE on the list of Musts. That might not have been what you thought it was going to be, but YES…it is that important to your overall success here with me at fitnesshealthandmind.

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Don’t do anything until 1,2,3 POSTURE

  1. Sharon Chesworth says:

    Great post about posture. I have lived with back and neck problems all my life. When I sit and stand, how I walk, it is all true that posture makes things just a little bit easier to do. Thanks for a great post!

  2. Deborah Heron says:

    Think ive been a client of yours for too long – on a couple of occasions ive had the urge to approach people in the gym with bad posture and put them right!

  3. Sharon Chesworth says:

    I’m always tempted to tell people. Know what you mean Debbie x

  4. Sharon Chesworth says:

    In my job it’s easy to slouch sitting at a desk. I’m always thinking the master PT is right next to me and then I sit properly!

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