How to Develop a Good Posture (for real)

November 17, 2016 by VAHVA Fitness

Let's talk about how to develop a good posture and what it actually takes.

Great posture is one of the best indicators of health and high level of athleticism, because it indicates that the body is structurally balanced and mobile.

It's very common for many people to have problems in their hips, back and neck.

The massive misconception is to believe that just one exercise or one drill is going to completely cure the problem. It can help and relieve the symptoms, but almost never fix it completely.

This is because the body works as a whole. The posture of the upper body is directly affected by the posture of your hips.

If you have a posterior pelvic tilt or something else, it will very likely affect the posture of your upper spine as well.

If you want to fix your posture in one area, you pretty much need to fix the entire spine. Working on one drill for your thoracic spine may not be enough if it was caused by the angled hips to begin with. 

The key to developing a good posture is using a balanced and versatile training regimen, because this will ensure your body stays structurally balanced. You need to work on the entire body to get a good posture.

This is why in the Movement 20XX training course you will hit your body from all the different angles with many different exercises.

Half of the content of the M-20XX course is strength & mobility training, because that's what you need to get the best results. The versatility of the training will make sure your body grows balanced and mobile which will then produce a great posture.

Your Everyday Life Affects Your Posture A Lot

Posture isn't just impacted by what you do in the training, but it's actually very heavily impacted by what you do everyday and how you do it.

Your body gets better at anything it does the most.

If you sit 12 hours in front of a computer, you can expect to get a hunch over posture with tight hip flexors, because that's basically what you train every day for 12 hours straight.

Your normal life activities like how much you stay indoors, how you wait for a bus and how you walk to the grocery store matter a lot.

You can start improving your sitting posture by just having an upright back when you sit. You can start improving your general posture by walking more upright by tensing your abs and bring your chest up.

It's mostly psychological.

How you actually carry yourself has a lot to do with your self-confidence and how you see yourself.

If you are shy and insecure, your body will reflect that reality and you will likely be in a small hunched over posture. 

When you are upright, it actually means that you will also stand out more. This is perfectly fine. You just need to develop the confidence to do it. You develop the confidence by doing it. That is the only way.

Once you have done it once, you can do it again.

When your training is complete and versatile, and your everyday life activities are done more openly, you can expect your posture to improve.

Train hard, stay safe.


samuli jyrkinen

About the author 

Samuli Jyrkinen

Samuli is the ninja behind the scenes (photography, videography, websites, program platforms and more). He has been training religiously for over a decade and has a firm grasp of physical and mental fitness. You will find our story here.

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