Framework Personal Training - Reno, NV framework-personal-training-reno-fitness-senior-citizens-1200x423 Here's Why Good Posture Becomes More Important With Age

Here’s Why Good Posture Becomes More Important With Age

The idea that we “shrink” as we age actually has some truth behind it. Around the half-century mark, spinalĀ discs and vertebrae can begin breaking down and thinning. Meanwhile, cartilage and connective tissue beginĀ losing elasticity and thickness. The combination gives the impression of lost inches, as many seniors begin finding it harder to stand fully upright. But maintaining good posture as we get older is important, which is why theĀ certified personal trainers at Framework Personal Training here in Reno are sharing some valuable tips for improvingĀ posture as we age.

WhyĀ Good Posture Matters

We’ve discussedĀ the value of good posture before. Standing up straight, with the spine properly aligned, has a number of physical benefits. Not only does it reduce the force on our muscles and joints, it also lessens pressure on the low back. But beyond keeping the spine and back healthy, good posture also means:

  • ImprovedĀ balance and less risk of falls
  • Decreased risk of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
  • ImprovedĀ digestion and blood flow
  • BetterĀ cognitive function
  • A reduced risk ofĀ depression
  • A reduced risk of heart attack and stroke

And from a purely aesthetic standpoint, standing upright looks better too! It projects confidence.

HowĀ to Improve Poor Posture

Maintaining goodĀ posture is a habit, and like anything, it requires some practice before it becomes routine. Step one is becoming aware of your posture when you sit and stand. Step two isĀ strengthening theĀ spine for better alignment.

  • Strengthen your core. A strong core is important for good posture. Many people confuse the core with the front abdominal muscles, but it actually includesĀ the deep muscles that encircle your internal organsā€”that means the obliques, pelvic floor muscles, and muscles in the low back. Strengthening them all is important for good posture. Think of these muscles as a “corset” that help you stay upright. Here at Framework Personal Training in Reno, our certified personal trainers can help you build a strong core for better balance, stability, and a reduced risk of injury.
  • Build muscle.Ā Strengthening exercises that targetĀ specific muscles in the back and core can make it easier to practice good posture. Plus, strength training, especially for seniors, hasĀ itsĀ own benefits.
  • Walk.Ā This kind of weight-bearing exercise is another way to maintain strength and help reduce degeneration in the spine, so shoot for 30 to 60 minutes every day.
  • StayĀ consistent.Ā Staying sedentary can make your joints and limbs feel stiff and uncomfortable. The more you move, the easier it becomes.

If you’re looking for assistance improving not only yourĀ posture, but also your strength, mobility, and flexibility, we can help.Ā It’s never too late to get started, so don’t wait any longer!Ā Schedule a free consultation with a certified personal trainer at Framework Personal Training in Reno today.

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