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Mad Mobility | Posture Fix


"The single best posture I have ever seen came from one of the smallest, weakest people I have ever known. She most likely matched the deadlift a field mouse. Her arms would probably rip from her shoulders attempting to hang from a bar. But she walked and sat around every moment of the day more erect than the adolescent boys she walked the halls with."

 
As much as I love mobility and movement. My affinity for sloth life and general leisure greatly offsets my development. If I wasn't mildly fearful of my television dismembering my face after falling asleep on the couch, I just might mount it on my ceiling. Sometimes you just have to bury your feet in the sand and post up like a boss. 
 

The Effect of Posture

 
'Human posture, whether static or moving, is a synthesis of neuromuscular function'. As in, you are what you do most. 
 
This isn't new information. You are probably aware that a desk job, classroom, or Netflix n' Chill (without the sex), greatly enhances that slouchiness; however, I'm not sure if people truly grasp how much influence it has. 
 
Even at 2 hours per day, you're only moving 14 hours per week. And if you work less than that, you probably live in a park or at your parent's house (ie. failure to launch). So with a 25-80 hour work/school week, you're not just spinning your wheels, you're travelling backwards.

 

The Effect of Movement  

 
Humans created exercise to combat the fact that we don't do what we used to do. As in, wake up, hunt, gather some twigs n' berries, eat, sleep, and repeat. Throw some sex in there, dance, and you got yourself some good throwback primal living. Now we might still do all of that, but we have to like, work, and stuff. So we figure a good training program, a knowledgeable coach, and some sticktoitiveness can help us out. Well, it does. Again, remember that's still no where near the amount of time your unconsciously immobile. 
 
There is however, no amount of exercise that will completely fix your posture. You're back muscles will not just shorten up after a billion ring rows. In fact, they might grow to the point that you resemble Quasimodo. It doesn't mean that you should stop, or it doesn't help. Well performed repetitions of many kinds can increase ones awareness to the tissues responsible for posture.
 
That neuromuscular stuff is the key. You need neural drive, high stimulation. As in you need to repeatably tell your body where it needs to be, and have the strength to keep it there. You need to combat those insurmountable hours of life stuff with movement or postural cueing. So yeah, exercise, but sneak in some sub-maximal movements like CARs (controlled articular rotations) and never stop reminding yourself to stay on point.
 
 
A special shoutout goes out to 'The Pup' aka Geoff Fraser. He has a complete set up of stuff at work he uses to keep moving, and does just that, keeps moving. Co-workers walk by and grinningly remark on his silly mobility set up and drills. To which he replies, "unless you want a piece of this, get the $&@# out of here".
 
A perfect posture is a moving posture. Better working stuff means better working posture. 
 
And ya don't stop,
 
Coach Chesty