Having great posture can transform the way you look and feel about yourself; not only do you look more confident and at ease - you feel it too!
Everyone knows posture is important, I am sure many of you were told when you were younger to sit up straight or keep your shoulders back… Whether you are sitting, standing or working out you need to be aware of your posture, once you become aware you will be more likely to continuously correct yourself until it becomes automatic. The way you spend your day can affect your posture, if you are sitting at a desk all day, pouring over paperwork, staring at the PC, constantly bending over, even the way you carry your bag – all of these activities can cause you to have poor posture and the longer you continue to have poor posture the more normal it will start to feel.
Injury – caused either from not having good form whilst performing an exercise or by bending down incorrectly to pick something off the floor. Ask someone to take a photo of you from the side; you should be able to draw a straight line down from your ear passing through your shoulder, hip, knee and ankle.
Whilst walking or standing think about having a balloon on a string attached to your head pulling you up.
When exercising it is important to complete the exercises with the proper form to reduce the risk of injury. High heels – In order to walk and stay upright in high heels the body adapts by changing the lumbar curvature, pelvic tilt and increases pressure on your forefoot. Shoes to exercise in are not all made equal – wear different shoes to run in than you would to do weight lifting. The following are forms of poor posture commonly discussed and suggestions for ways to improve it.
Lordosis is an exaggerated curve of the lumbar spine, there will be an anterior pelvic tilt and the abdomen will be pushed out.
Exercises that strengthen the posterior chain are the ones you want to be performing to help correct lordosis. Similar to lordosis due to the exaggerated extension of the lower back, but the difference in a swayback is the lower back is flattened and there is a posterior pelvic tilt. There appears to be a lot of different opinions on the internet with swayback being referred to as lordosis or a more extreme form of lordosis, it is important you know the difference so you are not making the problem worse – Do you know if you have an anterior pelvic tilt or a posterior pelvic tilt? An increased thoracic curve in the spine – an over curvature of the upper back, the back looks hunched or rounded.
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Scientists discovered the fossil skeleton of an ape near Barcelona in Catalonia in northeastern Spain in 2002, when a bulldozer was clearing the land for digging.
The great ape family, which includes gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, bonobos and humans, is thought to have diverged from the lesser apes, which include modern gibbons, about 11 million to 16 million years ago.
Now the first analysis of the ape's pelvis reveals Pierolapithecus had even more in common with the great ape family than previously thought, adopting an upright posture more often than monkeys.
Hammond employed a tabletop laser scanner attached to a turntable to capture detailed surface images from all sides of the fossil.
The researchers found that in Pierolapithecus, the ilium, the largest bone in the pelvis, is wider than that found in most monkeys or a more ancient, monkeylike ape, Proconsul nyanzae, which lived about 18 million years ago. Altogether, Pierolapithecus' pelvis suggests it could have adopted an upright posture more often than monkeys, but less often than modern great apes. Enough said – it doesn’t take much searching to see find people with poor posture, even celebrities on the red carpet can suffer from it.
You will have your chin up, shoulders will be back but relaxed, chest will be out, stomach in. Whilst sitting (and standing) the head can easily move to a more forward position without you noticing (especially when working at a desk) so keep those ears over your shoulders. If chair won’t adjust enough and you cannot adjust the desk height you may need to use a foot rest to get the 90 degree angle. If you are unsure of what type of posture you have or what is causing your poor posture visit a professional for an assessment, this could be a physical therapist or even a fitness professional who has studied postural alignment and corrective techniques.
The pelvis moves forward (not to be confused with tilting forward) causing the hip joint to extend and the back sways backwards to counterbalance. If you are unsure of what type of posture you have visit a professional who will assess you and give you corrective exercises etc. They named it Pierolapithecus catalaunicus, or the ape from near the village of Els Hostalets de Pierola in Catalonia. The age of the fossil and a prior study of Pierolapithecus' wrist, spine, rib cage and shoulder hintedit could be the last relative the great ape family had in common.

Moreover, like modern great apes, Pierolapithecushas a wider and flatter rib cage than monkeys and a relatively short and stiff lower spine that would make it easier to assume an upright posture to climb vertically.
The laser-scanning data helped the researchersdevelop a 3D model to compare the pelvis anatomy of Pierolapithecus with living and extinct species.
This wider pelvis could have made Pierolapithecus more like an ape than a monkey and helped with balance and stability. In addition, the pelvis in this early great ape does not look evolved for a life spent hanging from trees, a key trait distinguishing all living species of apes from their monkey relatives. The key is that you need to correct your posture all the time, you need to be aware of what good posture looks like and constantly check your own posture and correct it if necessary. The abdominal muscles (Rectus Abdominus) are responsible for keeping you upright and stable when you move, they assist your spine in flexing and also supporting the spine through stabilising the pelvis. How our feet are positioned on the ground affects how we stabilize ourselves and keep upright. Stretch abs and hamstrings your glutes are likely to be tight but weak so you should stretch and strengthen these. Surgery or a back brace and physical therapy are ways of treating Scheuermann’s disease. It also had flexible wrists like apes and humans, although it kept the relatively short fingers and toes of monkeys, suggesting it did not do a lot of hanging from trees. Hammond and her colleagues focused on the pelvis because it can reveal a lot about how a creature moves and is key to virtually all discussions of human origins. Also, the shape of an important attachment point for back muscles in the ilium appeared to lie between those found in monkeys and great apes. This suggests the behavior evolved later in great apes and not from a common ancestor, but perhaps independently within multiple lineages. He covers all things human origins and astronomy as well as physics, animals and general science topics. And if you are, chances are high that you do not sit right, stand straight, walk tall and straight.
Whilst those that are walking with their head down looking at the ground, maybe hunched and round their shoulders inwards will look like they are trying to protect themselves from the world, maybe they are depressed, sad, feeling unwell, shy. Exercises can help you improve your posture but wont make too much of a difference if you spend the rest of your day enforcing poor posture.
You should be able to reach out in front of you and touch the screen with your finger tips.
Charles has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida.
The wrong posture makes you look shorter and unimpressive.Good posture is important for both looking and feeling your best. Charles has visited every continent on Earth, drinking rancid yak butter tea in Lhasa, snorkeling with sea lions in the Galapagos and even climbing an iceberg in Antarctica. More than just looking long and lean, having good posture is important for the health of your bones and joints. When you sit and stand correctly, your posture keeps parts of your body in neutral un-stressed position.

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