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It's Never Too Late to Stand Up Straight

By Thegenaboveme @TheGenAboveMe

It's Never Too Late to Stand Up Straight

Slouchy KDA at a park in Wichita, KS in 2012
vs "Stand Tall" KDA in the UK & at the YMCA in 2022

One of the benefits of going to the gym is that I get to “talk shop” with other members and with the instructors. We can share stories of our various triumphs and challenges. 

For the last seven years, I am most often talking about issues with my right shoulder and my right arm. 

I thought that I had injured myself by lifting too many weights. After talking with some of my instructors who are physical therapists and after visiting an orthopedic surgeon who referred me to a physical therapist, I discovered the foundation of my shoulder / arm problems.

Poor posture.

This revelation caused me to remember a physical therapist’s comment to me about a decade ago (2013).  I showed this PT a photograph of my centenarian friend, Gladys Bever, who was 103 at the time:  “Look at her posture,” he admonished me. “That correlates with longevity.”

That was the first time I started to pay attention to the importance of posture beyond an aspect of aesthetics and a vehicle for conveying confidence.  Each passing year, I grow more and more dedicated to spending time, effort, and a bit of money (on physical therapy co-pays and deductibles) to work on the root of my posture problems.

Because this topic includes a lot of areas, I’m going to start a series. 

Here are the topics I am anticipating covering. I will return to add links and revise the topics as necessary.
  • AC Joint Impingement aka Weightlifter's Shoulder
  • Proper Positioning of the Shoulder Blades
  • Sticking my Neck Out Causes Shoulder Problems
  • Shoulder? Elbow? Fingers? It's a Pinched Ulna
  • Tech Neck from Cell Phone, Desktop, and (low tech) Books
  • Classes that Address Posture: Core, Ballet, Yoga, and Tai Chi
  • Posture Mantra: Tall, Proud, Ballerina, Turtle, Book


Centenarians on the Rise (featuring Gladys Bever)

Shoulder Pain and Ageism

Grateful for Aging

Gym Rat at Sixty

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