Thursday, June 25, 2015

Change your Posture and Change your Life
Poor posture can lead to neck and shoulder aches but recent studies are showing that slouching can lead to much more than aches and pain! Poor posture can increase depression, decrease circulation, increase stress and can reduce life expectancy! How can you get out of this slump? Come try our new class Posture and Functional Exercise! This class consists of exercises that restore, stabilize, and strengthen working parts of your anatomy.  The class will begin with movement to neutralize your posture, working toward muscle restoration, then stabilizing and strengthening. You will see dramatic improvements in flexibility, coordination, and movement.  JUNE SPECIAL 3 CLASSES FOR $60 ($105 Value)

Surprising Ways your Posture Affects your Health
Deepens Depression
In a recent study from San Francisco State University, students were told to either walk down a hall in a slouched position or to skip. The slouchers reported increased feelings of depression and lower energy than skippers.
The fix: Imagine there’s a headlight right in the middle of your chest at the sternum (breast bone), says Krucoff. Sitting or standing, your headlight should always shine forward. Now, keeping your head centered over your shoulders, extend your head toward the ceiling without lifting your chin.

Causes Career Problems
Slouching doesn’t just hurt your attitude—it can affect how people see you. “You don’t want to walk into somebody’s office slouching and bent over, because people really do perceive you as not as vital,” says Janice Novak, author of Posture, Get it Straight and director of improveyourposture.com. “To improve posture long term, you need to strengthen muscles mid-back,” she says.
The fix: To avoid being a slouch on the job, Novak recommends doing this exercise at your desk: Lift the bottom of your ribcage an inch or two off your hipbone, pulling your shoulder blades back and down. To make sure you maintain the position, pin a ribbon to top and to bottom of your shirt and keep it taut for 10 minutes at a time.

Increased risk of Disease and Death

A recent Australian study found that after the age of 25, every single hour of television—i.e., slouching on the couch—reduced the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 minutes. Plus, when English researchers cross-referenced sitting time with health outcomes in a different study, they found that those people who sat the most more than doubled their risk of developing diabetes and had a 147 % increase in their risk for cardiovascular disease, even if they exercised.
The fix: Don’t let the box beat you. Novak suggests doing the TV Stand: Stand up from chair without using arms and sit down in a smooth and controlled motion. “Just doing this simple move can keep your lower body muscles very strong,” says Novak.

Makes you look Heavier
Does this chair make me look fat? Well, yes, says Novak. “We’ve become a nation of professional sitters,” she says. “But when you are slouched over, your internal organs have nowhere to go but down and out—you immediately look fatter.”
The fix: The solution for this one is simple. “Get up and move,” says Novak. “When we stand as opposed to sit, we burn 20% more calories and strengthen our muscles, boost metabolism and increase bone density.”

Come try Posture and Functional Exercise classes 
Tuesdays at 11:00 AM and Thursday at 5:00PM