I came across this picture in social media and I wanted to bring your attention to something here.
This is not a conversation about the royals.
This is about self care – and a reminder as I mention this particular postural matter often.
Kate is a great example of someone who understands how to keep her back safe as she goes about life.
This is one of the things we see her do all the time ie squatting to talk to children or small people as opposed to rounding the spine and dropping the head down like the lady in yellow in the pic below.
That roundness in the back causes unnecessary strain and wear & tear in the spinal disks incl the neck.
Kate (like a lot of people) have to do a lot of bending over in her working life.
Imagine if she would do that each time with a rounded back.
Imagine all the unnecessary strain and wear & tear she would be doing to her spine.
The problem with this is that we dont feel the pain until the damage is done which is as a general rule a few years down the road.
This is what they call the accumulative effect (daily accumulation of strain and wear & tear) that eventually will turn into pain eg the common bulged or herniated disk.
We can all train ourselves to do the same ie creating the habit to bend over from the hips and to squat when we need to go lower – it’s a habit, a good one just like rounding the spine is a habit we created, a bad one because noone ever taught us about this stuff.
Well, this is what my work is all about, to teach you how to go about life with good posture to keep your back safe and of course, the side effect is looking good.
What are your thoughts?
If you want to learn more have a look at my ebook – THE 3 PILLARS OF GOOD POSTURE.
PS. There are 2 other reasons she does that (I’m assuming, I haven’t had this conversation with her, yet!).
One is that it shows respect to the child/person to go down to their eye level and the other is because (you would agree?) it looks good/elegant (vs rounding the back).