neutral posture is a fitness industry buzz phrase that can really help you achieve safe, effective workouts along with functional daily practice and as an end result achieve your fitness goal/s.   i like to teach my clients how to define their own neutral posture.  defining what is neutral for you cannot be done by comparing someone else’s neutral position.  if you are unaware of what “neutral” means i can easily show you the next time we see each other.  in the meantime, think natural, God-given spinal curve.  no matter what exercise or activity you are doing, even reading this blog you want to maintain neutral posture.  so check you neck right now,  is it “out of whack?”   you should be sitting or standing with that natural spinal curve so you are not unnaturally arching your neck or back or unnaturally flexing either in order to see your computer screen.  good posture allows the muscles and organs of the body  to work efficiently, safely and effectively.  knowing what neutral is and being able to locate yours gives you a great litmus for your own body in any activity or exercise.  we should consider neutral posture with each joint of the body, not only our neck and back.  how do you stand?  are your knees carrying the weight of your body, or are they in neutral so your thighs and rear, along with the abdominals are doing the brunt of the work when walking and standing?  how about your wrists?  do they remain flexed or extended through most of your daily work or are you able to work maintaining neutral alignment allowing the musculature of your hands to work properly?  these are some things to think about when considering “what is neutral?”  it really is one of the best tools to apply when exercising and also in daily activities—and even while sleeping.

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