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How many times have you found yourself slumping today? Leaning into your chair whilst on the phone, or hunched over your keyboard furiously typing out replies to all the emails that came in over the weekend. You’re not alone. Did you know more than half UK adults over the age of 40 are suffering from persistent back and neck pain and posture has a lot to do with it.
A poll of over 2000 over-40’s revealed 51% regularly suffer from debilitating aches and pains and whilst most people cited gardening 🌻 or lifting heavy shopping bags 🛍, 25% blamed years of sitting in an office chair! 🙇♀️🙇♂️ Andrew Gallagher, chief operating officer for Phynova Joint and Muscle relief tablets, which commissioned the study said:
Living with pain puts a huge strain upon people, often preventing them doing the things they love and triggering mood swings and depression. As a result it can also put a lot of pressure upon peoples relationships
Now it’s unlikely you can give up all these day to day tasks in your life like shopping, lifting and maybe even gardening and it’s even less likely you can give up work. So what are three simple things you can do to help improve your posture and ward off back pain?
Pilates is a great form of exercise for helping posture. Whether this is Mat Pilates or Equipment Pilates. The principles that form the foundation of the session help you feel stronger, more flexible, more mobile and with improved balance. You’re also training those deep stabilising muscles and combined it brings about better posture and less pain. If you think Pilates is just for girls who for those who don’t want to sweat, think again. Pilates is a tough session when done properly.
If you’re interested in starting your Pilates Programme check out our 5 week beginner courses and book yourself a place or visit www.chesterpilates.co.uk
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