Woman at Desk with Bad Posture

 

There’s no denying that over time with the frequent use of vehicles, computers, tablets, smart phones etc. it is becoming increasingly rare for us human beings to have correct posture. In todays society, so many of us spend countless hours per day hunched over our screens and devices whether we are at home, in the office, at school, in the car or even on a plane. The fact of the matter is, it’s rapidly becoming more and more of any issue for our individual health and well being.

A question we regularly hear is “Can you really achieve perfect posture with Pilates?” Our short and sweet answer to this is, “Yes, you really can!”.

If you’re interested in finding out more on how Pilates can help to improve your posture and the overall importance of having good posture, then we urge you keep on reading!

 

First Things First… Why Should We Strive for Good Posture?

 

Let’s be honest, I think most of us would LOVE to have a figure that exemplifies that of a tall, slim, lean model or even a dancer… right?

Whilst we may not be able to promise that Pilates will magically turn you into either of these things… we can promise that with regular, persistent practice you can achieve a longer, leaner, stronger physique and in turn, the perfect posture.

You’re probably thinking “Yeah yeah, so Pilates can help me get into shape and straighten me out but, why exactly is it important to have correct posture in the first place?” Well… that’s a very valid question and we’re about to answer it for you.

It really is quite simple. Having good posture promotes the following health benefits:

  • It lengthens the body and elongates the spine
  • Provides you full range of motion and movement
  • Permits you to move freely and efficiently
  • Improves your blood flow circulation
  • It takes undesirable pressure off your vital organs and joints Man with Slouched Posture
  • Allows for healthier digestion
  • Increases muscle functionality
  • Lets you breathe deeper
  • Promotes a slimmer physical appearance
  • Can improve your overall confidence and positivity

Aside from relieving unwanted pressure and stress from your organs, joints and other body parts, as you can see listed above, there are SO many reasons as to why it’s vital to look after your posture for the long haul.

Even if just for the singular purpose of looking and feeling your best!

 

How Does Pilates Support Good Posture?

 

Once you have become consciously aware that your posture is in need of some adjustment, taking to Pilates is an excellent starting point for anyone.

When it comes to the Pilates practice, the number one principle that is deeply rooted in every single exercise is the focus on using your core muscles. In Pilates terminology this is referred to as your “power house”. If you’re unsure, the power house area includes your abdominals, back, obliques and pelvic floor region.

By working to properly activate the power house throughout every exercise, over time your entire core will tighten and strengthen. This will allow you to effectively use these muscles to support your body as opposed to plunking all of your weight into your shoulders and neck.

 

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Another amazing way in which Pilates supports the objective towards perfect posture is through a fundamental breathing technique, aka “Diaphragmatic Breathing”. Much like activating your power house muscles, a proper breathing method is also a foundation of the Pilates practice.

As having good posture promotes the ability to breathe deeper and more seamlessly, it makes sense that in order to achieve this one must first create the habit of breathing correctly. Therefore, each Pilates exercise requires you to coordinate your movements with controlled breathing.

You must firstly take a deep inhale from the bottom of your diaphragm, pull your belly button in and down towards your spine and hold the power house there whilst continuing to exhale in a slow and steady manner. This may sound a bit difficult to master at first but as they say… practice makes perfect 🙂

Trust us when we say that if performed correctly, ALL Pilates exercises can and will help to straighten out your troublesome posture.

 

Invest in Your Posture – Give Pilates a Go

 

All in all, by making the effort to correct your posture sooner rather than later, your entire body will thank you. Not only will you feel healthier and more comfortable in your own skin but, you’ll be looking fantastic too. Through aligning your posture, you also prevent countless other problems such as back pain, neck pain, sore and clicking joints, muscle tension, injuries and headaches to name a few.

It all starts by taking note on how you tend to carry your body throughout the day and if you feel that you need some posture readjusting then we highly recommend trying Pilates today!

You won’t regret it 🙂

 

Mind Your Posture Sign

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our latest article. If you have any feedback for us or any questions you would like to ask, please feel free to leave us a comment below. We will endeavour to reply to you as soon as possible.

 

Your Truly,

Kiara – Site Founder

My Pilates Collective

www.mypilatescollective.com

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21 Comments

  1. It is so crazy that I came across your article because I was JUST researching pilates and barre in my area a couple of weeks ago because I was really wanting to try it out. This has just given me the extra push I needed to try out that class!

    I have to admit, as soon as I made it to your article and saw the first photo I immediately sat up straight because I am so guilty of this!

    Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    1. Oh wow, that’s amazing Kay! Isn’t it funny how we tend to stumble across the right things at exactly the right time 🙂

      We highly recommend giving all forms of Pilates a go but Barre is a fantastic option if you’re after a varied workout that is sure to have you feeling the burn!

      Thanks so much for your feedback, let us know how you go with the classes 🙂

  2. Hi Kiara
    you have given me food for thought, as I know I have bad posture, so will be checking out Pilates Classes and see if they are able to help me get my posture back..
    Thank you
    Jan

    1. Hi Jan, that sounds like a great idea 🙂

      Let us know how you go finding a local Pilates studio and if you have any questions at all, we’re more than happy to help out.

  3. Thanks for this. Totally agree. Really important to have good posture. I have an office job and do feel the effects of being slumped over a desk. In any profession the importance of stretching cannot be emphasised enough. One question. Would you have any exercise I could do on a daily basis (10-15 mins) to loosen up?

    1. Hi Bhavik, that’s 100% right. We couldn’t agree more!

      That is a great question. Here are a few simple exercises that you can do whilst at your desk throughout the day that will assist with your posture:

      1. Practice your diaphragmatic breathing. Sit up straight, keep your head tall and looking forward, lock in your core and take a big belly breath in. Keep breathing in until your lungs are full, hold for 3 seconds and then release slowly. Repeat as many times as you wish.

      2. Shoulder circles. Sit up straight, keep your head tall and looking forward, lock in your core and begin to circle both your shoulder up, back, down and forward. Repeat this 10 times before continuing the opposite way.

      3. Side spine stretch. Sit up straight, keep your head tall and looking forward, shoulders back, lock in your core. Place your left arm across your body, your hand holding onto the side of your right knee. Lift your right arm up above your head and proceed to to lean your whole torso slightly over to the left whilst continuing to engage your core. Repeat this 5 times before completing the movement on the opposite side of the body.

      I hope this helps you Bhavik 🙂

      Stay tuned as we will be covering this exact question of yours in an upcoming blog post.

  4. I haven’t actually tried Pilates myself self but my wife has done it for several years. We both do strength training and I can confirm that any form of strength training, including Pilates, will be great for your posture. Having a strong core and upper back and good mobility in the hips and shoulder girdle is something you need for both good posture and for effective strength training. The best thing about strength training has been that I’ve become more athletic and I’ve fixed my posture and back pain. I suppose you can achieve the same results with Pilates as well!

    1. Hi Yukka, so glad to hear that you understand the importance of having good posture for overall health and wellbeing, that’s wonderful!

      Absolutely, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves 🙂

  5. Hi Kiara, thank you very much for sharing the benefit of doing Pilates. Lately, I feel my body posture has been ‘incorrect’ and it affect my confidence. I think I will try to do Pilates exercise. Is it possible to do it in the home without personal trainer? How many hours per day or week that you recommend for beginner like me? Thank you for your answers.

    1. Hi Alblue, thanks for your comment we are more than happy to help 🙂

      I’m sorry to hear that your posture has been affecting your confidence of late. I highly recommend for a beginner such as yourself to start by simply incorporating 10 mins of posture improving exercises into your day. You will be amazed at how quickly you start to feel an improvement. 

      Check out this video to get started. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPdKeKegmQg

      Absolutely, Pilates is an excellent style to practice in the comfort of your own home. You can learn the sequences on Youtube, by reading books or even purchasing Pilates dvd’s. 

      Stay tuned as we will be covering this exact topic in a number of upcoming blog articles!

  6. Why didn’t I discover pilates earlier? I have bad posture and I’ve tried everything to fix it. Being a person that works from home, I’m always at the computer writing my articles, and this has caused me to slouch for long periods of time. Although I’ve purchased better computer chairs, the slouching never seems to go away. I’m going to try pilates asap. Where do you think I should start? YouTube videos? Or what’s your recommendation? Thanks

    1. Hi Brandon, it sounds like Pilates is going to be the perfect thing for you! You will be amazed at the difference a short 10 minutes of exercises at your desk each day can do for your overall health and posture 🙂

      You will notice a few comments down I have recommended to another reader (Bhavik Misty) three very simple exercises that you can begin incorporating into your daily routine straight away.

      Alternatively, this following link will take you to an excellent Youtube video that will give you some more exercises to try. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPdKeKegmQg

      However, stay tuned as we will be covering the topics of “Beginner Pilates” and, “Pilates at Work” in upcoming blog posts and we will provide more sequences for you to try 🙂

  7. Very nice website and it is something very unique. I enjoyed the post on posture as it is something I always need help with myself. Thanks for the insights.

  8. Isn’t this simply awesome to see that Pilate’s can really be effective in getting that peewfxt posture. I have heard quote a lot of things about Pilate’s and how effective it could be in getting the posture just right. Like you have stated, we all suffer from our gadgets and screen time and unless we give it a proper and disciplined acyion,s, our posture will only tien bad. Pilates are good to get us back our shape that we so much crave for. Thanks for writing this and I will surely try my best to ensure that I make great use of this

  9. The function of Pilate’s when it comes to body posture maintenance and getting the right body structure cannot be overemphasized. It is just simply fantastic at it and that is the major reason I do this exercises as my routine. A lit of things get us into bad shape or body postures these days. From screen time excesses to sitting for long and so many others. This post was worth a read and also worth sharing out to more people. Thumbs up

    1. Hi Rodarrick, thanks for your feedback!

      I totally agree with you. So happy to hear you enjoyed reading this article 🙂

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