There is a lot of information out there about posture, right now.
You could say that it is a “buzzword” in the health, wellness, and fitness industries but what does it mean and why is it so important?
Posture is your bodies tendency to stand, sit, or lay in a certain way.
Our postures are a result of our habits i.e. what we do repeatedly.
It's important to understand this because our postural habits determine how we do almost everything.
Despite brushing our teeth, flossing (most of the time) and using mouthwash, it’s likely that you have or will get a cavity. There is nothing wrong with that---it’s just a part of life.
That said, how likely do you think that you would have a cavity (if you do not have one already) or, better yet, have more than one cavity if you did not go to the dentist twice a year?
Going to the dentist twice a year is not just beneficial because they clean your teeth for you, you can restock on toothbrushes and toothpaste, and it’s one of the few times where getting a sticker for doing a “good job” is socially acceptable as an adult.
Going to the dentist twice a year also holds you accountable.
It happens more than often than it should.
You go to the dentist and while you are there for your teeth, you can’t stop thinking about the fact that you have not been eating well or that sleeping more than 5 hours a night is a pipe dream.
Of course, you are not going to mention this to your dentist because why would they care and it does not seem to be relevant to dentistry. While this may be true, it is still important to you and could be the cause of your toothache vs. the other way around.
You walk out of the dentists office and while you may now have medication for the toothache, you still have not had your deepest concern addressed—your sleep and lack of appetite.
How could this have gone differently?
“This isn’t going to work….why am I even going to bother?”
At one point or another we have all uttered those words to ourselves and to others.
Sadly, the more we say those things, the more likely it is not going to work out.
Henry Ford said it best..
“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right.”
When it comes to your health, the question is:
Do you believe that you are going to get better?
It's an all too familiar feeling.
Your lower back is bothering you...
The thought of bending over to pick up a pencil sounds terrifying...
You have not had a good nights sleep in weeks...
So, you go to your doctor and he gives you some pain medication to "get rid of the inflammation".
You feel better but...
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