Welcome back to the second part of a seven part series on the 7 biggest posture mistakes. Forgetting your lifestyle is the focus of this week’s posture mistake. This series is inspired by Paula Moore the posture doctor. As her profile points out, “she is internationally trained, holds three degrees and a fellowship in the physics of posture.”  The rest of this post will focus on how to improve posture with a lifestyle fix. However, if you missed the post on the first biggest posture mistake you can go back and review it here. That said, let’s jump to it.
What is Bad Posture?
On this website I never dwell on facts that you can just google or are obvious. Yes, in less than five minutes you can get an explanation of people displaying bad posture. “ The ones we see all around us are the dropping of the head and hunching over mobile phones and other e-devices. Then there is the slouching in sitting and the leaning over with rounded backs.” 
There is More
Here is the thing. Bad posture is just a product of your nervous system not remembering how to subconsciously carry your torso. Everything is supposed to be balanced but your poor nervous system is going nuts because things are so misaligned. This is a big deal because inside your chest are all your vital organs and if they are Squashed they won’t be able to work efficiently. This may lead to things like reparatory and digestive issues.
Here is something else to think about. You can read on the internet about “how bad posture puts extra stress on tendons and muscles to bend in a way they are not designed to.”—-Bad Posture Forum
What does that mean in plain English? And on this website we love plain English, right? Well, think of it this way: You are carrying a heavy object for a short time and you feel no pain. But if you try to hold it for a long time, your arms get sore. Well, bad posture is making the back muscles hold your body weight at an awkward angle for an extended amount of time. You guessed it. Those back muscles are going to be Messed up.
Do you want to read dense explanations of why you should have good posture? That’s fine. However, here on this website we like to get to the nitty gritty. So here are two question for you? Who wants squashed organs? Who wants a bad back? No one. So, let’s talk about how to improve posture with a life style fix. Also below is a video that addresses the relationship between emotions and posture. This something that we will explore later in this post.
Setting Your Lifestyle to Support Your Posture
Most people when asked about how they got their bad posture will concentrate on the physical. Take someone who has always had bad eyesight. When asked about the origin of their bad posture they may say a contributing factor was spending much of their life in front of a computer screen with less than perfect eyesight. That made them hunch over and lean forward to look at the screen. Or they might trace the cause of their bad posture to a car accident.
They would not be wrong. In fact most people when asked about what causes their bad posture will speak about a physical cause. Why not? There seems to be plenty of evidence to support the notion that bad posture essentially has a physical cause. The average person, for example, spends 2-5 years of their lives waiting in lines. While waiting they tend to slouch or hunch over their phone screens—sound familiar?
That said, many people overlook lifestyle as the true cause of their posture problem. To help you understand this better let’s take a look at the case of someone suffering from diabetes. In most cases , not all of course, the disease is really a larger symptom of an unhealthy life. Take the conversation I had the other day with a friend of mine, Ed, who suffers from diabetes. “ I’ve been fat most of my life because I ate too much junk food and didn’t exercise much—-think that messed me up and gave me diabetes,” he said.
The evidence backs Ed. “Ninety percent of all people diagnosed with diabetes are overweight According to the American DiabetesAssociation, even 5 to 10 percent reduction in body weight can result in a tremendous reduction in the risk or severity of diabetes”
In other words, the most important way of diabetes control is a change in life style.
Let’s go back to Ed. Several days ago I saw him preparing lunch. He had fish, lots of salad, and toast with a just a bit of butter. Gone were the gigantic hamburgers and mountain of fries. For a drink he had water instead of soda. “ I’m trying to eat healthier now. I have lost 20 pounds,” he said.
“ I’m proud of you,” I told him. I am.
Now that Summer is coming, Ed has committed himself to start swimming on a regular basis as a way to control his weight. A funny thing has happened to ED since he has decided to live a healthier lifestyle—he is much happier.
How to Reverse The Worst Effects of Bad Posture
Which brings us to the nitty gritty lesson on why one should pursue a healthy lifestyle. As one health guru puts it, “A healthy lifestyle can help you actually live out a quality life, instead of dying slower.” 
Yes, on this website we encourage people to to embrace a quality life instead of dying slower.
Diet and Learning How to Improve Posture With a Lifestyle Fix
Okay, now that we know how a quality lifestyle can prevent diabetes or control diabetes, let’s explore the same connection with fixing bad posture. Let’s again use diet.
As posture expert Dr. Paula Moore points out, “acidic foods can leach calcium and weaken bone, thus altering body posture over time. Diets high in cheese , wheat, meat, caffeine, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, soda drinks and dairy may weaken bones over time. Lifestyle choices that include more alkaline foods like fruits, green vegetable, peas, beans, lentils, seeds and nuts are preferred.”
The bottom line is that by stop eating foods that will create an acid load in your body is one way of answering the question how to improve posture with a lifestyle fix.
Another lifestyle choice that effects your posture is smoking. Smokers are more prone to back pain because nicotine restricts blood flow to the discs that cushion the vertebrae. Remember that bad posture often proceeds back pain. Here’s the deal. The physical bad effects of smoking are obvious to the smoker and to those who want them to stop smoking. The problem is that smoking is more than an addiction. It often speaks to a person’s emotional lifestyle. The question is why does something so dangerous seem so comforting?
Consider the following from a self-confessor smoker:
And every time I light up, I know it is bad for me. And I throw away the pack and my matches. But then, something happens, either good or bad, and I reward or comfort myself with a few minutes alone with my friend—the slim white wrapper and tobacco—-I can tell it things I cannot tell my husband who is my best friend and it offers me unconditional comfort. 
And just to get the guy’s take, consider the following from a male smoker:
“Smoking has been very good to me. Cigarettes have never let me down, never abandoned me on lonely, desperate nights—-smoking helps me celebrate victories, mourn losses, comfort the comfortless.” 
The above statements give us an insight into the emotional lifestyle that is often overlooked when people speak of physical causes being the sole reason for their bad posture. Don’t make the same mistake. For more information of how smoking causes bad bones look here.
Jets, Sharks, Silly Guys and Bad Posture
I can’t end a post about lifestyle and posture without mentioning the role movie, TV, and stage performers have played in influencing how we pay or not attention to our own posture. I remember many years ago when I was in elementary school and that particular night I watched “West Side Story” on Television— A musical in which a modern day Romeo and Juliet are involved in New York street gangs—The Jets and Sharks.The next morning my fellow school mates, who had also watched the musical, walked into the classroom with a silly swagger and shoulders slouched trying to give our best imitations of the Sharks and Jets. We just looked like a couple of crazy kids who didn’t know how to walk straight. Such is life.
Movie Stars and Posture
Talking about life, because we watch TV on a daily basis, our favorite performers have a major influence on clothing fashions, speech habits, and especially our posture. “Because the posture of actors is well-preserved in millions of reels of celluloid, this medium provides an interesting study of changing postural trends over the past century.” 
Consider that classically trained performers seem more aware of their posture. “…. but it does prevent against slouching, hunching the shoulders, and protruding the head forward. An upright comportment is important to an actor for both presentation and performance. An upright stance draws the eye and is much more attractive than a slouchy stance…” 
Let’s Rate The Stars
Doris Day in the 1940’s was classically trained and you can see the difference between her and Miley Cyrus who is hunched over. She is likely to suffer from back pain when she is older. So, admire Miley all you want but don’t slouch like her.
Another fan favorite is Meg Ryan. She is very talented and likable but her tendency to slouch shows that she is not classically trained.
On the other hand, Lauren Helen-Graham, who co-stared in Gilmore Girls, and has a Masters of fine Arts in Acting Performance, has great posture.
Finally, let’s take a look at Daniel-Day -Lewis. He is classically trained and his posture shows it. I hope that was fun for you. Hey, next time you watch TV why don’t you check how your favorite stars posture.
Okay, you exercise regularly but your posture isn’t particularly good. Can you still make changes to protect your bones and fix your posture? Yes, if you began to truly understand that the cause of your posture problem is not just physical but also related to your lifestyle. In other words, forgetting your lifestyle is the second biggest posture mistake you can make. I hope that this post has given you more insight into how to improve posture with a lifestyle fix
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