Good Posture For Great Health
I am a very physically active person so when I recently injured my knee I was motivated to do anything that would help it heal quickly. I know all kinds of strengthening exercises and I also go to a great chiropractor who is experienced in how to treat sports injuries. I know how to eliminate foods that cause inflammation and add foods which promote healing. Fortunately for me, as great timing would have it, I was contacted by Dr. Insole within a few days of my injury. Since I was looking for ways to create more comfort and fast-track the healing of my knee I was quite interested in what the company representative had to say about their affordable orthotics. I have used orthotics over the past several years and in fact I was considering going to my doctor for a new fitting and to place an order when, just in time I was introduced to Dr. Insole!! Dr. Insoles retail for only $50 and the orthotics I was used to buying cost over $200 so I was no longer replacing them when they wore out but instead continuing to wear them way past their recommended "expiration." This being said I am so happy to have been introduced to Dr. Insole! After wearing them for only a week I felt significant improvement in my knee. For one, they helped both my knees track properly over my feet as they also helped create even more comfort in my athletic shoes. To learn more you can click here.
I highly recommend trying Dr. Insole to improve your posture, your balance, your foot issues, back pain, and knee and hip problems. I also want to stress how important it is that along with your regular strength training and cardio exercises you practice balance moves as part of your daily routine.
Unless you engage in regular balance exercises you may lose yours sooner than you need to. Loss of balance may start as you get a bit wobbly getting in and out of the bathtub, or need to walk down the stairs more slowly. It happens as we age, but your balance may be “off” for other reasons — injury, illness, poor posture, poor vision, obesity, weak core muscles, or a brain that is not properly trained to stay balanced.
Balance is your body and your brain’s equilibrium, or stability. It’s at the core of nearly every physical and mental action you perform. In fact, building your “core” muscles — those that surround your trunk — is the key to staying strong and upright as you age. Without a strong core, you’re more likely to suffer back pain, lose your balance and fall, or be more prone to injury during exercise. In the same way, maintaining and building balance in your brain is just as important for your overall health.
Test your balance: Stand on one foot with your eyes closed. If you can’t hold still for at least 10 seconds without becoming wobbly, it’s time for some easy balance training. Don’t forget to wear supportive shoes (with your Dr. Insoles) and keep a chair nearby to rest your hand if need be.
Eyes-Closed Balance Routine
- On one leg, arms out to each side, eyes closed, balance for 30 to 60 seconds. Switch legs and repeat.
- On one leg,
arms hugging your chest, eyes closed, balance for 30 to 60 seconds. Switch
legs and repeat.
Eyes-Closed Balance Hop
- On one leg, hop forward and back 10 times; stabilize between hops. Switch legs and repeat.
- On one leg,
hop side to side 10 times; stabilize between hops. Switch legs and repeat.
Improving your balance is just one great benefit you receive if you also practice good posture. When your body is in alignment all of your organs work better. Good posture also decreases the stress hormone cortisol and increases your testosterone. It will help you breathe properly and protect your joints and ligaments. Those who have good posture look more confident thus they feel more confident.
Also, when possible make sure that you always opt for stairs instead of using the elevator. This too will help keep your body and your mind sharper and more balanced. You may want to work on your posture as you navigate the stairs!