Correcting Poor Posture with Pilates

This is a photograph of two women in their early twenties.  Both have poor posture.  If it’s not corrected, it will get worse.

POOR POSTURE AND BODY LANGUAGE

What does their body language say about them?  Do they appear confident, heathy, fit, lethargic, dull, or happy?  The way you carry your body, tells the world how you feel about yourself.

POSTURAL ASSESSMENT

Both women have an exaggerated curve in their upper back, their shoulders are rounded forward, their chests are caved in, their abdomens protrude, and their heads are forward and upright.

HOW DOES POOR POSTURE HAPPEN?

Postural problems develop from one or more lifestyle habits, such as leaning over a computer terminal,  lack of appropriate exercise, habitual slouching when eating, doing homework, or reading.

CORRECTIVE PILATES EXERCISE

Pilates exercise can improve poor posture.  Both women should begin their Pilates exercise routine with basic, modified exercises.

Strengthen the upper back:  Modified Breast Stroke, Modified Swimming on All Fours, Modified Double Leg Kick.

Strengthen the abdominals: Modified Roll-Up With Pilates Band, Single Leg Stretch and Hundred on the Spine Supporter.

Open the chest and the abdominals: Pilates Chest and Abs Stretch on the Stability Ball.

Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore and Blue Moon Personal Training

 

Posted on April 28, 2013, in Exercise, Pilates and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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