So, your shoulders or knees are sore, or your back is tight, but you haven’t done anything out of the norm – you’ve trained the same way, your week has been the same and you can’t work out why this has happened. Sound familiar?
If this is you, then there’s a good chance that your posture is letting you down.
From my personal experience training athletes of all levels, it seems like your body will let you get away with poor form and poor posture for a while. Then suddenly, when you hit your late 30’s/early 40’s your body says, “that’s enough now” and the aches, pains and injuries start!!
So, what is causing this pain? The answer is that much pain is caused by poor posture due to the following issues:
- Weak core: Your core helps to create space between your vertebrae. If it’s not engaged, then the spine will compress and create pressure that can result in pain. A strong core also creates stability from which to generate power. If your core muscles are not strong enough to stabilise the body, then some muscles will overwork resulting in pain and even injury.
- Strength imbalance/muscles being too tight or weak: A weak core and poor technique will result in a muscle imbalance, which can affect you in sport and also in your daily life. If you sit at a computer for eight hours a day with your shoulders rolled forward and body slouched, then you will produce a muscle imbalance, hence the pain so many office workers' experience.
Causes of postural defects that lead to pain:
- Strong core: Your core is strong to enable you to support your spine. You sit, stand and move without slouching that creates a stable base from which to move, train and race.
- Strength balance: Your muscles are strong and balanced, which enables the joints to move efficiently and produce maximum power with reduced pain.
- Good technique: You practice and move with good technique in sport and daily life.
The great news is that your posture can be improved with consistent practice.
The Pilates For Sports training plans are designed to strengthen your core, develop muscle balance and provide you with the information you need to improve your technique.
Try this simple roll up exercise to get underway:
Find out more about our programs at Pilates For Sports.
Noeleen O'Shea is the co-founder of Pilates for Sports, an online training program designed to improve your core strength, muscle balance and technique so that you can perform better at your sport with less pain, more power.
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