Tips for improving your posture

What's the quickest way to improve your exercise form, reduce risk of injury and ensure that you are getting the full benefits of each activity? Improve your posture! 

Misaligned posture puts extra strain on the spine, tendons, ligaments, fascia and muscles, which can lead to pain & injury. None of us has "perfect" posture, but by being aware of our alignment, we can all make improvements. 

Daily habits such as looking down at a phone or tablet can make being hunched over feel "normal." When we carry that hunched-over & chin-down posture into our workouts, the problem can escalate. 

We recommend one simple step to help better align your posture, whether you're at home or working out: Keep your chin level and eyes looking straight ahead. 

This means when you look at your phone, hold it eye level, so you can look straight ahead.

This means when you look at your phone, hold it eye level, so you can look straight ahead.

When you do lunges or squats, look straight ahead rather than down at the floor.

When you do lunges or squats, look straight ahead rather than down at the floor.

Following this one simple step in your daily activities can make a big difference in relieving neck, shoulder & back pain, and can also help you get even more out of your AAY! workouts.


Did You Know?  A recent study published in the journal 'Surgical Technology International' shows that when you are standing or sitting straight your head weighs, approximately 10 to 12 lbs. If you lean 15° forward, the gravitational pull make it more like 27 lbs. With a 30° tilt, 40 lbs, 45° tilt 49 pounds and a 60° tilt puts 60 pounds of strain on your neck!