by Dana Cavalea June 28, 2017

~The Classic Sign of Aging~

 
Most people think the classic sign of aging is their first gray hair or their first wrinkle. Those are definitely signs but not the most pronounced.
 

The most pronounced sign is demonstrated through posture. Forward Head. Forward Lean.

 
Classic. Take a look at any 55+ community and you will see a group of "LEANERS". Some say they are "shrinking" but most are really leaning.
 
I have this theory that the Forward Lean Tribe will be growing rapidly over the next 20 years due to more "sitting and texting" from the up and coming minor league "leaners".
 
Look around your office today. Who is already leaning? Some forward, some are tilted to the side and some can not even keep their head upright without a downward "texting" angle.
 
Interesting. We often forget just how powerful a dominant upright posture is.
 
From energy flow to outward confidence and room ownership, posture is essential.
 
When we fall victim to Forward Leaning Syndrome, we are giving away our power. Not to mention, a higher rate of back pain, more joint dysfunction and a complete inefficiency to train muscle and movement patterns correctly.
 
Balance? Yup, that begins to disappear as well.
 
Athleticism? Gone.
 
This can all be avoided.
 
How?
 
Core Stability. Planking. Rowing Movements to stay upright and pull the shoulders back. Stretching the pecs after work each day by laying on a foam roller. Even a monthly massage will provide tremendous benefits.
 
In our culture today, we sit more, delegate more and do less. This is a perfect formula to join the LEANERS sooner than later.
 
Also, when we begin to lean, we also begin to lose our posterior. Glutes. Hamstrings. Etc. We create weakness on the posterior side of body due to the heavy anterior load. Ladies, this leave you wondering where that great perch you had at one time has gone. #truth
 
We often times blame adult falls and missteps on bone mass erosion but we must look towards forward leaning as the initial culprit. This process begins way before bone erosion.
 
So for today, I want you to have a friend or family member use your camera phone to take a few shots of you:
1. Facing the Camera
2.Side Profile
3. Back View
4.Side Profile from the other direction
 
The key is to be as natural as possible and get into your "normal" posture.
 
If you want to remain young, this is your starting point.
 
Great posture = Better Body Function.
Great posture = Better Digestion and Organ Function
Great posture = Better Energy
 
Believe this. Trust that posture is your gateway to musculoskeletal and internal health.
Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the former Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a high performance speaker and consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. With the New York Yankees Organization, he spent many of those as the Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance Enhancement, winning a World Series in 2009. Dana is also the founder of The Proformance Agency, a network of like-minded coaches focused on advancing the performance of CEO's, Executives, Celebrities, and high profile performers. Dana is the owner of ML Strength, a group of health, wellness and fitness centers located in the New York Tri-State area.


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