Better posture leads to better health

A lot of people think they can build better posture in the gym by lifting weights. Or just by being conscious of it and not slouching. Unfortunately, both of these fall short of achieve better posture. And age plus gravity are not on your side. The older you get, the worse your posture will be.…

Better posture leads to better health was originally published on Self Evolve

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A lot of people think they can build better posture in the gym by lifting weights. Or just by being conscious of it and not slouching. Unfortunately, both of these fall short of achieve better posture. And age plus gravity are not on your side. The older you get, the worse your posture will be. Bad posture affects way more than just how you look or feel. Did you know it can compromise your organs and how they function as well? Today we’re diving into posture and why it matters.

5 ways your posture affects your health

  1. Poor circulation: If you sit in a chair for hours every day with poor posture, you’re at risk of developing or worsening circulation issues. Taking the time to move throughout the day and making postural changes can not only help you have better posture, it can help you prevent serious health issues later in life.
  2. Exacerbating arthritis: Poor posture can lead to malalignment of your spine or knees, which can increase stress on your knees. Over time, that malalignment can worsen the effects of arthritis by putting pressure on one part of the joint and causing pain.
  3. Breathing efficacy: To breathe properly, your diaphragm needs to have enough space in the thoracic cavity to properly release and contract with each breath. Your ability to breathe optimally is boosted when your body is lengthened and in proper alignment. Poor posture and spine misalignment can compromise your ability to breathe well. 
  4. Headaches: Bad posture can contribute to tight neck muscles and compromise the natural curvature of your spine, which can lead to headaches.
  5. Sexual function: Having poor posture while sitting can adversely affect your sexual function. Rounded lower back sitting can have profound effects on men’s and women’s sexual function because this posture shortens and tightens the pelvic floor muscles. When the pelvic floor muscles are tight and weak, they cannot exert their power and strength. The end result can be weak or nonexistent orgasms.

How to improve your posture

Now that you know how important posture is, you’re likely going to start sitting up straighter and become more aware of your posture. But for some of us, sitting up straight just isn’t going to cut it. And no matter how much iron you’re pumping at the gym, your muscles can’t fix bad posture. So what’s next?

I recommend getting aligned by a professional. Being aligned helps you improve your health in a multitude of ways. And if you’re in the Chicagoland area, I can’t recommend Dr. Stephen Spencer enough. You can visit his website HERE and see some of his client and their amazing transformations HERE.

I even gave Dr. Spencer a try and felt instant relief after just one adjustment. Not that I have bad posture, but it is helpful to improve overall health.

What do you do to improve your posture?

 

Better posture leads to better health was originally published on Self Evolve

Mindful fitness: more effective than any medication

What is Mindful Fitness? A new and growing fitness and health trend is focusing more on the brain. For years, doctors have turned to medications to help alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADHD and memory loss. While these pills do provide some temporary relief, most patients continue to suffer and sometimes experience unpleasant side-effects. Enter…

Mindful fitness: more effective than any medication was originally published on Self Evolve

What is Mindful Fitness?

A new and growing fitness and health trend is focusing more on the brain. For years, doctors have turned to medications to help alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADHD and memory loss. While these pills do provide some temporary relief, most patients continue to suffer and sometimes experience unpleasant side-effects. Enter mindful fitness: a natural way to reduce the symptoms related to mood and an aging brain without the unwanted side effects.

Benefits of exercise on the brain

Most people think of the muscles they’ll gain or the fat they’ll lose by exercising, but don’t even think of the effects on the brain. Here are just a few benefits that come from exercising a mere 30 minutes a day for 3-5 days a week.

  • Improves and alleviates depression and anxiety (source)
  • Prevents Alzheimers (source)
  • Slows brain aging by 10 years (source)
  • Improves cognitive function and memory (source)
  • Improves mood and alleviates symptoms of ADHD (source)

Eight weeks to a better brain

A study done at Harvard proves meditation literally rebuilds the brain’s gray matter in 8 weeks. (source) What does this mean? Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.

So what is mindful fitness?

It is a proven combination of exercise and meditation that leads to a healthier brain. With just 30 minutes of exercise followed by 30 minutes of meditation, you can significantly change the way your brain functions. We offer classes and private sessions to help you on your journey to decreased stress, better memory, improved sense of self, and improved mood. We teach you techniques that you can apply to your daily life and that you can perform virtually anywhere. Currently offering in the Chicagoland area, but also able to set up something virtually if you’re interested.

What do you do to improve your mental health?

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Mindful fitness: more effective than any medication was originally published on Self Evolve