How To Do Kegel Exercises During Pregnancy
Good posture is one of the most essential factors in life. When our bodies are perfectly aligned, we move with ease and are free of pain. As soon as we lose perfect alignment, all of this changes tension appears, movement becomes awkward, and pain sets in.
Since we are born without posture, we must develop it, then maintain it. The problem is that first because of gravity, it is easier to develop and maintain poor posture than good posture. That is, there is a natural tendency for the body to collapse. Furthermore, unless you enter a profession that requires good posture such as dancing, modeling, or sports, no one ever teaches it to you.
Your posture is the result of what you do. If you do the right exercises, you will have good posture. If you do the wrong exercises or no exercises you will have poor posture. Wild animals, on the other hand, because of their need to survive, have been doing the same “exercises,” differing from species to species, for millions of years. This has kept their posture perfect at least until they become injured, diseased, or old. When we ceased being hunter gatherers and became farmers, we accumulated enough food so that some individuals could spend time thinking about matters other than survival. This led to specialization of labor, and that in turn led people to develop different kinds of posture. Labor that required prolonged sitting did the worst damage to people’s posture, and the modern assembly line, with its repetitious motions, didn’t help either.
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In addition to bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, the body has cartilage at joints, as well as discs between vertebrae, which act as cushions to prevent friction between bones. Without proper exercise, your muscles become weaker, smaller, and misshapen. Then they carry less and less of your body weight, transferring this function to your cartilage and discs, making them compress. That explains why we get shorter as we age: the space between our bones gets smaller. Without muscle support, the cartilage eventually wears out and the discs begin to bulge. Then nerves are pinched or compressed, creating pain, cramps, stiffness, and fatigue.
Because the head rests on the cervical discs, the shoulders and arms rest on the thoracic discs, and the whole upper body rests on the lumbar discs, these areas are affected the most by the body’s weight. This explains why so many people suffer from neck and back pains. The increased pressure between vertebrae causes many undesirable conditions, including lordosis, scoliosis, and inflammation.
Because the head rests on the cervical discs, the shoulders and arms rest on the thoracic discs, and the whole upper body rests on the lumbar discs, these areas are affected the most by the body’s weight. This explains why so many people suffer from neck and back pains. The increased pressure between vertebrae causes many undesirable conditions, including lordosis, scoliosis, and inflammation that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other problems. Structural aging, like any other condition, including osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and obesity, is preventable and should not limit your quality of life. All these conditions can be prevented or reversed with proper exercise and nutrition and without medical or surgical intervention.
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