Your body craves wonderful, deep, relaxing breaths. Breathing is a full-body exercise (you might even call it a Whole Body exercise!). Our ribcage and abdomen needs all the space they can get for those expanding and contracting lungs and diaphragm.
When we slouch, we constrict the amount of space we have to breathe and prevent those full and deep Pilates breaths. Creating better posture will give you the space you need to get the breath your body craves.
Okay, so far, we’re on the same page here: good posture creates space to breath deeply. It makes logical sense, right? Now, think about this: better breathing leads to better thinking. Scientific studies show that at least 20% (sometimes more!) of the oxygen we breathe in goes straight to our brains. If your breaths are not as deep as they could be that 20% is not as full as it could be, which means less oxygen for your brain!
A few calm, deep breaths can supply you with the right amount of oxygen to help your brain function at it’s best. Whether it’s boosting your creativity, releasing some of those feel good chemicals, or just getting you through your quarterly taxes, your brain needs regular healthy doses of oxygen to get you through your day. So, align your spine, breath better, and think better!
The vertebrate in our spinal column have basically the most important job in our body: “to protect and serve the spinal cord at all costs.” Yeah, that’s their mission statement. It’s written in the Vertebrate Manifesto. Just trust us on this one. The spinal chord connects nearly all parts of our body to the brain. That seems important enough, right? Strengthening and lengthening our spine allows it to complete its life’s mission, which is where Pilates comes in to save the day.
A regular practice is necessary to offset the bad posture habits of our daily lives: slouching over the computer, slumping in the car, and even hunkering down with a good book. Poor posture means your nerve endings are at risk. It encourages irregular disk formation, and vertebral injury, both of which can be super-painful! Not to mention, everyone’s favorite friend: Arthritis! Poor posture puts stress on joints like knees and ankles that should be supported by the spine. Straight, spine equals less pain! Less pain equals feel better!
Good posture is sexy. Enough said. Right? But I’ll continue anyway…It tones the shoulders and abdominals and adds length to the spine. It exudes confidence because it makes whoever has it feel more confident!
There’s a great TedTalk on body language (of which posture is a large component) by Amy Cuddy, check it out. Girl knows what she’s talkin’ about! So, in conclusion, open that chest, draw down that tailbone, and breathe into your back, you sexy thing you!
It’s time to Breathe, Think, Feel, and Look your very best.
Nigel, Co-Founder, Whole Body Method