By ‘good posture’ I am referring to the way in which we carry our bodies in everyday life. The saying ‘we become what we practise’ is just as relevant for our physical condition as it is for every aspect of life. In this article I make my case for why a regular Pilates practise will help you develop good posture and add significant health benefit long into our older age.
How good posture is sabotaged
Let’s pick a familiar topic we can all relate to - the art of ‘sitting’
The modern lifestyle generally includes a lot of sitting either at the desk in front of our computers or in the car. I think it is fair to assume that 6-8 hour stretches in front of the computer each day are quite common. What other physical activity can we dedicate so much time and dedication in daily practise? The problem with this ‘activity’ is our body, particularly our posture, is ‘becoming what we practise’ - that is a learned body position which typically is not a healthy one. The spine is under constant strain from our heads tilted forward and shoulders hunched over. The long term result is poor posture and a high risk of developing postural related pain and problems down the line.