If you spend a good portion of the day sitting at a desk, your posture is most likely taking a hit for it. Your chest gets tighter, your back weaker, and your shoulders roll forward. The result: Your sprinting becomes less efficient. “So if we concentrate on our posture, it helps us unlock everything and allows our body to move in a full range of motion,” says Jack.
I remember one talk I was giving to a group of tennis players and one guy in his 50’s raised his hand and asked, “What can you do about tight hamstrings?”
I asked him how tight they are and he proceeded to bend forward trying to touch his toes and he could only touch his knees. Pretty tight! I asked him if he stretches them and he said, "Yes several times a day for 15 minutes for years."
I said, "I don’t think not stretching enough is your problem, I think it’s the position of your joints, your posture...that’s the problem."
I had him do one e-cise that had nothing to do with stretching his hamstrings, but rather focuses on re-positioning his posture and then had him stand up and try to touch his toes again. He immediately touched his toes! He said it was the first time in his life he can remember ever being able to touch his toes. He was obviously blown away and immediately signed up to do 8 posture therapy sessions with me because he said, “If one e-cise that have that big in impact on me, imagine what is possible!”
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If you are interested in a free posture evaluation and gait analysis, contact me today and I'd be happy to help you understand what is limiting your running or athletic performance and what you can do to improve.