Don’t Be a Slouch: Poor posture can harm your health
If your mom ever told you to stand up straight, she had good reason. It’s not just about looking good, poor posture can have many negative effects on your health.
Having poor posture can put more stress on certain muscles and joints, forcing them to be overworked and causing them to fatigue. Your circulation will be worsened, your mood will likely be dampened, you might have headaches, jaw pain, or shoulder and back pain. What’s more, poor posture and spine misalignment can compromise your ability to breathe well.
To breathe properly, your diaphragm needs to have enough space in the thoracic cavity to properly release and contract with each breath. Your ability to breathe optimally is boosted when your body is lengthened and in proper alignment. As we all know, the body needs to have oxygen in order to restore and rejuvenate the cells. Full, deep breaths help promote a healthy brain, heart and other vital organs.
Jill wisely kept this in mind when she designed the Oxycise! breath, including the pelvic tilt and bun tuck to ensure proper posture and spine alignment. Oxycise! increases your oxygen not only during a workout, but your improved posture and lung capacity help you breathe more throughout your day, and all the health benefits that come along with that.
My 15-year-old daughter and I have been “Oxycising” together for only a month, but already we are both experiencing benefits, some of which we did not expect!
And because of my own knee and lower back limitations, we have been using the “Easy Does It” videos, too!
“My daughter was already within a fairly healthy weight for her age and height, but Oxycise! has trimmed and toned her arms, legs and hips to the extent that she has noticed a pleasing difference in how she looks and feels. And others have even commented about her “narrowing” hips!
BOTH of us are excited about the DISAPPEARING CELLULITE!
I have just turned 50 and, being pre-menopausal, have experienced a slight weight gain putting me in the “overweight” category. I need to lose about 15 pounds to put me where I really need to comfortably be. After only the first week of “Oxycise!”, I lost 5 pounds! Someone even asked me if I was losing weight. By the second week, my upper inner thighs no longer chafed and rubbed when I walk. And I have been able to train myself to involuntarily switch from being a “chest” breather to breathing “diaphragmatically”.
But the most SIGNIFICANT improvement of all, I must say, has been to my skeletal posture. I have endured the physical affects of scoliosis for over 30 years. Because of the scoliosis, I have lived with various abnormalities in my posture and skeletal “shape”: My spine alignment has been in the shape of a “question mark” (causing the upper right side of my back to frequently tense and “hump” up), my right wing bone has protruded almost at a right angle from my back shoulder [and] is higher than the other, my rib cage has been distended (like a lamp shade or bell) and distorted/shoved to one side, and one leg is 2-3″ shorter than the other.
While I haven’t noted a significant difference in the length of my leg or the position of my right wing bone — YET — my daughter and I have noticed a significant difference in the shape and size of my RIB CAGE! The “belling” and distention of my rib cage has significantly REDUCED! Though I never measured the girth of my rib cage at its widest point, it is noticeably narrower, that is, NOT as distended and distorted as before! My upper back doesn’t tense up as much as it used to, and my daughter says my spine looks straight! Even my lower back does not tense up as much as it used to!