Zionsville Times Sentinel

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October 5, 2011

Posture Up

Zionsville — I remember when I first saw my wife. She was sitting on the floor of the university gymnasium, surrounded by 43 other students, but she stood out for sure. Not only because she was lovely, I didn’t notice that until I investigated further, but she was sitting bolt upright, with amazing posture. Everyone else was doing what you are supposed to do when sitting on a hardwood floor…slouching forward, or leaning back on their hands to succumb to a more comfortable position. How she was sitting just looked correct.

It would be nice to live life with your shoulders back and not need to think or do anything about them, but correct posture is not automatic — it is developed and maintained.  As long as you live on this earth we must accept two truths. First, gravity is present, constant, and only has one job: to throw everything towards the ground at 9.8 meters/second. Every time you intend to move or get out of a laying down position, you will be required accommodate this force.  

The second is that life happens in front of you, and as a result, at the end of the day you will be forced out of position. Think about it:  the things that require the best of you all day long…your children, your food, your computer, your steering wheel, your smart phone, this paper-everything is drawing you forward, rounding out your chest and      shoulders, and creating stress on your neck and back. It is getting even worse since texting has become a primary form of communication, and those little devices, with their tiny screens and keys require the worst posture possible to operate. Seriously, look around at the terrible body position of the youth. Where is a nun when you need them?

Throughout your day and your life, as your body tires your posture changes and heads toward the ground.

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