At any age measuring the health and shape of your spine takes effort and awareness.
So many of the daily activities we do lie driving, cooking eating, haunched over a computer causes our head to pull our shoulders and spine forward and out of its natural alignment.
Whilst the neck is supporting the head, the lower body is supporting the upper body. You can imagine the strain this puts on your back. No wonder many people experience back pain. 2/3 of our body weight is supported by our lower back.
Developing core strength using your pelvic floor and deep abdominals will help to straighten and support your lower back.
What are the mental and emotional aspects?
The way you walk into a room, the way you present yourself to the world is a valid consideration and should reflect a positive and confident outlook which promotes our self esteem and how we feel about ourselves.
Here is one simple exercise you can do for your posture – a couple of minutes is all it takes.
Pectoral stretch with resistance band or scarf ( chicken wing)
Standing: arms down by your sides holding on to the band a bit wider than shoulder distance. Fingers long.
Inhale and lift your arms straight above your head, keeping the same distance between your hands.
Exhale and take arms behind your head, keeping head in line with shoulders down.
(feel the shoulder blades draw together)
Inhale and bring your arms back up to the ceiling; exhale and take them back down in front of your hips.
( 6x reps)