Take a look at yourself in the mirror and notice the position of your shoulders, head and arms. Chances are shoulders are rounded, head and arms are jutting forward. Look around at your friends and family. Most of them probably have the same tendencies. This is not how our body was meant to be.
Main cause of poor posture is most of us sitting hunched over for extended periods of time staring at the computer screens or drive for many hours. The chest, front shoulder muscles and hip flexors become tight, and the muscles in the upper back become overly stretched and weakened. Poor posture not only looks bad, it can cause pain and make you more susceptible to injury. People with rounded shoulders can lead to anything from headaches, anxiety, rotator cuff injuries, back pain, and many other common ailments. In other words, fixing your posture could fix many issues you may have.
So What is Missing in Yoga?
The first benefit of regular yoga practice is that it bring awareness. And a good posture is all about being aware of your body. Although yoga does an amazing job of bringing awareness, helps stretch tight muscles, strengthen weak muscle and align the body. In a perfect world, yoga should be enough to put your physical body in the optimal posture and may work fine for some people. But if you live in a modern life-style where we stay seated many hours a day, you are fighting an uphill battle.
One thing that yoga lacks of is pulling movements which helps strengthen your upper back muscle includes Latissimus Dorsi, Rhomboid, and Trapezius.
Upper back muscles main function is to retract your shoulder blades or pull your shoulders together (prevent slouching). Most of the yoga movements use pushing movements which contract your chest, front shoulder, triceps, and serratus anterior. Examples of pushing movements in yoga includes plank pose, downward facing dog, push up, handstand, crow pose and side plank.
There are simply no pulling movements available to us in our yoga practice. it is very important to strengthen our upper back to keep our body in balance (upright). Thankfully, there is a simple way but very effective to restore our true functional balance, it called TRX
What is TRX?
TRX (suspension training) is the type of training using your own body-weight and gravity to build strength, coordination, flexibility, joint stability, core and balance. It's a super effective way to work and shape up your whole entire body, get your heart beating, using just your own body-weight. Advantage in using your own body-weight and gravity is that you are able to adjust quickly to accommodate your own personal fitness level. TRX is beginner friendly and compliments with yoga perfectly. Here is an example of TRX pulling movement that focus on building back strength to keep your posture in balance
More Benefit of using TRX Suspension Training.
1) Effective for a full body workout.
Whether you want to build strength, lose body-fat, improve endurance or flexibility, the TRX Suspension training can be used to achieve any fitness goal. By simply leveraging your body weight to perform hundred of exercises, you get a full body workout, while simultaneously working your core. And because you’re working with one training tool, and can adjust your weight on the fly, you can minimize your training time by switching from one exercise to the next in just seconds.
2)Low impact nature.
Because of its suspended nature, TRX suspension training is very low impact and means that your joints are not put under much stress. In turn, this means that there is a low risk of injury, allowing you to train as hard as you wish with less risk of causing or agitating a pre-existing injury.
3) Helps build rock solid core.
It's all core all the time. TRX requires you to constantly remain "engaged" and "stable" throughout your entire body. If you want to move, feel and look better, chances are you should start with your core. Strong core does not just refer to abdominals. That’s why any movement performed on a TRX Suspension Trainer requires that you brace and stabilize with your abs, obliques glutes, and lower-back so you can leverage your own body-weight as resistance. The TRX exercises use functional movements to help you increase your overall core fitness.
4) It is different (in a good way)
TRX is unlike other machine-based training. It allow you to move through endless range of motions and angles. which is more beneficial and functional than other workout.
5)Speed up fat loss with less time by engages the whole body.
The instability nature of the TRX suspension system means that you need to engage your whole entire body and core to keep your balance. Your entire muscular system has to work as a whole unit, which mean the more muscle you activate the more calories (body-fat) you burn. You will increase lean muscle tissue in proportion through out your body with TRX training and keep your metabolism elevated.
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