Practicing posture correction exercises, supplemented with calisthenics, is one of the cornerstones to achieving peak health. Many exercise forms exist—from solo and team sports such as running, bicycling, roller skating and weightlifting to football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer—and I consider many of them to be beneficial but some of them to lead people astray of enjoying peak health.
When it comes to fitness, it’s not most important to be the strongest or fastest person in your town or someone who can run 100 miles or even be as flexible as a rubber band. What is most important is to live in a functional body, able to move as nature intended, that’s in line with our body’s original design. Indeed, when we put our body’s function first with regard to exercise, we put ourselves in a better position to achieve strength, speed and flexibility. With exercise, I’ve experienced the greatest benefits from engaging in a regular routine of posture correction exercises first and foremost and bolstering my body’s strength and explosiveness with calisthenics secondarily.
Posture Correction Exercises: The Key to the Best Exercise Routine and Peak Health
I engage in exercise daily and make posture correction exercises the core of my exercise routine. These posture correction exercises comprise stretches and calisthenics, also known as bodyweight exercises, and are remarkably effective in correcting joint alignment and posture. When most think about exercise, they think about getting their hearts beating, running around and building muscle. Most rarely, if ever, consider how joint alignment affects the entire body, including posture and the cardiovascular, digestive, immune, metabolic, nervous and respiratory systems.
Close your eyes and think about this for a moment: Picture yourself trying to walk 5 miles on a sunny afternoon throughout a city you’ve long desired to see if your right hip joint is positioned 2 inches higher and rotated forward another 2 inches compared with your left hip joint and your back is rounded and neck is hunched. Your femurs, or thigh bones, are going to be rotated as well because, after the hip joints deviate from their neutral position, or design position, these thigh bones are the first to shift. This means your knees are going to be under stress, and this chain reaction will affect your ankle joints and shoulders as well. This doesn’t sound like it’s going to be an enjoyable stroll.
I’m sure you’ve seen some senior citizens with walking challenges, even stooped over canes, and this is what you may one day face if you don’t correct your postural alignment. A lack of sound joint alignment is the cause of poor posture—and posture correction exercises are the solution! Some exercise causes joint misalignment and poor posture. Take bicycling, for example. Most sit for far too many hours and face some degree of postural deviations because of this time in chairs or on couches. Spending more time sitting while exercising can reinforce and strengthen these postural deviations, preventing folks from being able to correct their joint alignment and posture. Additionally, many sports call on one side of the body to do the most work such as pitchers in baseball and quarterbacks in football. For one to enjoy a fit, functional body, the body demands balance and equal work.
The Posture Exercises Method Is Your Ticket to the Best Posture Correction Exercises and Peak Health
I reversed chronic back and neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, and, the trigger of all this pain, dysfunction in my shoulders, hips, knees and ankles by practicing posture correction exercises. I have practiced posture correction exercises, which straighten and strengthen the body, practically daily since April 2010. I guide others to pain-free, high-performance lives in my Posture Exercises Method, offered by the Fruit-Powered Life Force Center.
The Posture Exercises Method’s posture correction exercises are beneficial for everyone. These exercises have a track record of helping people achieve peak performance and pain relief. Clients suffer from a range of pain symptoms, including neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, knee pain and ankle pain as well as sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome.
Exercise Statistics Reveal Most Americans Aren’t Getting Enough Physical Activity and Suffer from Pain
Most are starved for motion, and this shows in their weight as well as their postures, gaits, aches and pains. Statistics prove that most Americans aren’t getting enough exercise. Just 47 percent of U.S. adults met physical activity guidelines for aerobic exercise activity (150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity activity) in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only 22 percent met the minimum requirements for muscle-strengthening exercise activity (two or more days a week of moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening exercise activities involving all major muscle groups). Additionally, only 19 percent met the aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise guidelines. Finally, 49 percent met neither aerobic nor muscle-strengthening exercise guidelines. Altogether, this means that only one out of five American adults are getting enough exercise to be considered in shape, and half of American adults could be considered unfit, based on these exercise guidelines.
Additionally, about one-third of U.S. adults report joint pain during the previous 30 days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. Knee pain was reported by 20 percent of respondents, with low-back pain affecting 28 percent. Moreover, chronic pain or severe pain affects about 50 million American adults, the National Institutes of Health reports.
An Evolving Exercise Routine with Posture Correction Exercises at the Core and Supplemented with Calisthenics and Cardio Activity
Growing up, I was an active child, playing organized and neighborhood sports. But once I started college and lasting all the way through my early 30s, my exercise was very limited to the point that it was unhealthful. Once I had begun to reverse chronic pain, in 2010, thanks to my practice of posture correction exercises, my body was craving to move! I gladly responded to my body’s call by launching a Monday–Wednesday–Friday circuit-training program using Bodylastics resistance bands. I completed strength-training exercises using the bands and, between sets, cardiovascular exercises such as jumping jacks.
In time, my workout evolved to include, at various times, calisthenics such as chin-ups, pull-ups, push-ups, squats and lunges; rebounding using a JumpSport mini-trampoline; vinyasa yoga; bicycling; sprinting; jogging; walking; and occasionally playing football and wiffle ball. I have found, however, that posture correction exercises offer the greatest benefits and have always built my exercise routine around them. Since 2014, I have rounded out my exercise routine with calisthenics, rebounding, sprinting and walking.
I relish engaging in healthful activities and devote five to 10 hours a week to exercise and other physical activity. Working out keeps my body loose, mind sharp and simply feels fantastic! I have not missed a day engaging in posture correction exercises since September 2016 and am committed to exercising every day for the rest of my life. Before making this commitment, I suffered when I missed a posture correction exercises workout or two a week. My body would get tight, affecting my mental clarity, ability to focus on tasks, mood and sleep. My whole being demands I remain committed to my exercise routine just as it demands I remain committed to my low-fat raw food diet!
Regular Exercise Increases Energy and Prevents Disease
For many, getting in shape comes naturally when one embraces a low-fat raw food diet, encompassing an abundant amount of fruits, an ample amount of tender greens and a limited amount of fat. I consider this to be the natural diet, or species-specific diet, of human beings. Regular exercise can boost energy, strengthen bones and muscles and improve mental health, mood and sleep. Regular exercise can also help control weight and decrease the signs and symptoms of arthritis, cancer, depression, diabetes, heart disease and other health conditions.
Editor of Fruit-Powered.com, Fruit-Powered Digest and Fruit-Powered Video, Brian Rossiter guides health seekers in creating supreme vitality through the Fruit-Powered Life Force Center’s natural health services: the Posture Exercises Method and Raw Vegan Coaching Program. Brian, who enjoys a low-fat raw food diet and posture correction exercises and calisthenics, is also the author of the raw food transition and recipe books Alive!, A Taste of Raw Food: 7 Days of Smoothies ’n’ Salads and the four-volume Mouthwatering Recipe Book Series.