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Maintaining Good Posture

Sit your way to better posture.

Have a seat and read about the easily attainable, effortless, inexpensive conditioning of benefits sitting.

Yes, being seated needn’t be sedentary, with a phenomenal little enhancement widget. Uncomplicated, uncumbersome, unbelievable results!

From casual walkers running the gamut to marathoners, our strident strides do virtually nada for our posture and abs keys to proper alignment, to retain injury free, peak performance.

As runners [walkers, weekend – or pro- athletes] we can all use a bonus boost of cross training boon to bolster our performance form; remedying and preventing the problematic side effects of our sport. Runners, especially, suffer from minor overuse injuries, all of which can be solved by Active Sitting [which targets the areas we need to cross train most].

I adamantly advise attaining a simple [simply amazing] product for home, office, travel [and TV] times; when you’d ordinarily be sitting down [and if you’re active, feeling semi-deprived of physical activity].

Introducing the revolutionary Active Seat Cushion.

Could it be that basic? So non-technology driven? Yep, it certainly can. The Active Seat Cushion can do wonders for your lower back, postural [upper back] muscles, core strength, balance, stability and overall circulation. Use will alleviate the discomforts caused and exacerbated by long periods of static sitting (such as aching muscles, tension, hunching and possible Deep-vein Thrombosis and pressure on the nervous system from extended stints of immobility]. The Active Seat Cushion can accomplish correcting a variety of negative effects – All during [previously considered – sitting] downtime virtually immediately. What a pliable panacea!

Wow! And how?

An active seat cushion is a cushion, as well as an “invisible” exercise device [your body is constantly making small adjustments, “activating” postural muscles, abdominals, gluteus and leg muscles]

Portable and lightweight for use anywhere you sit [Ideal for office chairs, the car, a stadium game, a long plane ride or anywhere else you can think of]

Reaches those hard-to-get-to muscles [such as the TVA and erector spinae necessary for overall coordination]

Used for physiotherapeutic training of different muscle groups [pelvic floor training, vascular gymnastics and as a balance tool]

Helps support correct posture, training the muscles that stabilize the spine

Non-impact strengthening exercises and stretching keeps you active [even on busy work days when the gym isn’t an option]

Cushion acts as a shock absorber and eases your body into an ergonomic position [staving off stiff muscles, helping you relax, and building strength, fostering a wide range of health benefits]

Enables natural balance in the centre of your own gravity [promoting more energy, greater freedom to breath, better mobility and increased concentration via proactive, yet passive comfort]

Versatile in usages: different locales and appropriate for every fitness level. Sit it on a chair, use it on the floor, stand on it [with 1 or 2 feet!] Knobby side can be used as a back and foot massager [improving circulation and relaxation]

The inflatable Active Seat Cushion works your core muscles more completely than traditional stability balls because it focuses on those muscles in any position. [Either inflates with a traditional ball needle or comes already filled.]

The Scoop on Active Sitting:

Active Sitting is a subtopic to the field of Ergonomics and Human Factors. Active Sitting is an established concept that applies primarily to chairs, stools and cushions that allow movement while in a seated position. The main premise of Active Sitting is to allow or encourage a seated occupant to move. Active Sitting is a growing area of interest due to the negative health affects associated with traditional rigid seating. The opposite of Active Sitting is Static Sitting.

Recommended by kinesiotherapists, personal trainers, physical therapists, chiropractors, and other physicians in response to the growing avalanche of complaints [ranging from nagging back pain to more serious ills], specialists in the field say:

“These complaints are often associated with extended static sitting and have found that Active Sitting reduces these commonly intrusive ailments.”

Many practitioners [along with patient devotees] believe Active Sitting to be a healthy alternative to medication, even perhaps, preempting the need for physical therapy. As a first step [or seat], they suggest the cushion. Spun-off from the ergonomic ball chairs and kneeling stool genre; the cushion is a more compact, convenient, economical and versatile solution to correct spine alignment and long term health. Plus, you can help yourself, purchasing one online or at most sporting good stores.

We have been tricked into believing that if we buy an ergonomic chair we will be seated safely and correctly. However it is now being acknowledged that sitting at a desk for most of the day is not only extremely bad for your back but potentially life threatening.

Many of us have desk jobs today, and we spend a huge amount of time sitting in a chair that trains our musculoskeletal systems to be lazy and worse still; depriving parts of our body of sufficient blood flow to our nervous system. There are numerous chairs on the market promoted as “ergonomic”; but truly all they do is allow you sit in a lazy way with greater comfort! They support your back so that you develop weak back and stomach muscles. They feel comfortable so you sit there longer gradually cutting the blood circulation.

We can sit for hours tapping away at our computers without realizing the harm we are doing to our muscles, blood circulation and nervous system. When muscles aren’t firm, they don’t hold things in place correctly. This can cause a weak spine, or you can have lax muscles that cause your hips to be out of alignment. Most back problems are from stress in our life or just bad training that can be reversed.

Other heavy-duty [not necessarily more heavily-dutiful] varieties include:

Saddle chair
Ball chair
Kneeling chair
Seat wedges
Lumbar rolls
The Swopper chair [The Bad Back Shop]: looks like a mushroom on a playground! The seat is mounted on a giant spring that sways back and forth a bit as you sit [Seems like so much fun, it deserved a shout-out!] The Gaiam Balance Ball Chair [developed under the consultation of a chiropractic pioneer, Dr. Randy Weinzoff] greatly alleviates the aching back/legs/arms syndrome that come from working at a desk for hours. Designed by leading health and fitness experts, Gaiam back-care solutions build a healthier back, relieve pain, and improve your overall wellbeing [Had to plug one of my favorite shopping hubs!]

Dr. Weinzoff s base philosophy is: “Vitality through total alignment of the whole being.” This tenet sums-up [and gives a thumbs-up] toward the array of balance seats available on the market.

“Back” to the more practical cushion:

You’ll notice that it bounces up and down slightly you can kind of rock and roll on your chair; you can sway forwards and backwards, left and right. You can get a lot of pelvic movement, which is great exercise for your pelvis and lower back. Anytime you are sitting on the cushion, you’re engaged in “active sitting”. This forces you to hold your own back in alignment and to assume good posture in the chair – whether you want to or not. Failure to hold your back up causes you to fall off the chair! If you’re going to stay put, you have NO choice but to engage those muscles.

We can take control of our bodies and remove the a multitude of menacing aches-n-pains by the simple act of Active Sitting; requiring only a cushion. NO heavy training, no extensive equipment, no fuss, no muss; ONLY effortless, effective training to enhance our walking [waking] hours.

Random testimonials of active sitters:

“I have seen dramatic improvements in my balancing and abdominal stability. Previously, I had sharp pain from a postural muscle in my back by the end of a 26.2-mile walking marathon. This year I had no such problem.”

“After a traffic accident, I had tailbone pain when using the exercise ball as a chair and discontinued using it. Stuart McGill, PhD. in “Low Back Disorders” cautions against use of an exercise ball as a chair for those with lower back pain. I have switched to a Fit Disc as a seat cushion rather than using the exercise ball as a chair.”

Rolling on…

Try it “Mikey-ies” [and Michelle-ies], you’ll like it! Every family member can benefit.
You’d be crazy not to try this fitness craze!

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