19 Aug 2011
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Improving your posture and movement is about understanding how to use your body, not rippling abs.
A recent New York Times article questioned the value of crunches, and I agree (Are Crunches Worth the Effort?). I hear it all the time, “a strong core and abdominal exercises are essential for proper posture.” Exercise is valuable, but improved posture and movement is achieved through understanding how to use your body. Most children have a natural ability to stand at their full height without ever doing any crunches. Holding in your stomach also impedes breathing and makes you stiff, and excessive crunches may even damage your spine. Here is my take on an alternative view of posture.