So, I was lying in bed in the ridiculous heat lastnight and my energy level allowed me to press play/pause on my iphone. This gave me the enormous benefit of listening to an interview between fitness guru Ben Greenfield and Biomechanist and blogger, Katy Bowman.
Katy gave me a whole new perspective on how important posture is and mostly, being aware of our body in space - how we sit, stand, move and even lie down to sleep.
In her own home, Katy has booted out the furniture and instead, she and her two sons use bolsters, pillows and even an in-home monkey bar! Why? If you try sitting on the floor and standing up, you will find it is MUCH harder than plonking on a sofa and then getting up. It also encourages you to move more. Change position when you're sitting. Transfer loads from one side to the other.
This does more than get you a gold star in alignment and posture. It means you are awakening and using ALL the cells in your body. Nothing goes to waste from underuse and you avoid injuries from overuse.
I highly recommend that you listen to the interview - Katy is far from your whitecoat, technotalk scientist. She is fun and generous with her responses.
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Ben says of the podcast: