Issue 8 of Fix your posture
The lower body isn’t directly involved in good posture, as we’ve seen in the last few emails. However, tight hip flexors can cause pain and muscular imbalances in your body that may lead to poor posture.
For this reason, we need to make sure that we can strengthen our legs in appropriate ways.
One of those ways is simply to squat.
In a lot of countries in the world, the squat is the way the people go to the toilet, and while you might dismiss it as being silly-looking, think about all the benefits it brings:
- improves digestion,
- stretches your hip flexors,
- strengthens your legs in their entirety.
So instead of more specific exercises for the legs (which we offer in our Mac app Posture Coach), we’ll only do a squat from time to time.
This is how it looks:
Try to squat as often as possible: when you’re waiting for the bus, in between training sets, during meetings (yes, some will at you look funnily!) or even when you’re working!
I prefer to work in a squat from time to time and I know a lot of people who do. One way to organize a cheap squatting desk is by getting the LACK table from IKEA. It’s perfect if you want a standing desk and perfect as a squatting desk if you remove it from your main table.
Yours in health and good posture,