Your sports bra - A posture prompt?
Great news! | These strappy supportive structures can help you improve your posture.
If like me you have been wriggling, pulling and pressing yourself into sports bras for many years you will be happy to hear they can do more than just support your girls!
Let's start by defining two of the many styles of sports bras.
Racer back and shoulder strap styles.
It is the racer back I want to highlight for you as a posture prompt.
Almost every pt and pilates client I have ever worked with has asked me how to improve their posture.
Everyone seems to know having lovely strong stature makes us not only feel good but look confident and powerful.
An old pilates friend once told me she believes having better posture also gives the illusion of looking leaner. I agree! When your body is upright, neutral and lengthened you can't help but look fitter. You will be more open across the collar bones and your shoulders will have space between them and the ears.
So how can a racer back sports bra aid in these feelings that lead to a longer you?
When working with clients an effective personal trainer and\or pilates instructor will use verbal, visual, auditory and tactile (touching) cues. The tactile cues are the ones that your sports bra can mimic.
Have someone you know and trust place their index finger on your upper, mid back gently between your shoulder blades. What does this naturally inspire you to do? Yes, pull your shoulder blades back towards each other and slightly down.
Now....go get your racer back sports bra on. The 'T' shape will run down between your shoulder blades on your back and touch you in the same place as your friend did, a perfect easy 'teacher' reminding you to be mindful of sliding your blades down and back.
Your sports bra can also act like the coloured sports tapes you see athletes wearing when they have an injury. The bonus is your sports bra won't stick to you and will prove much cheaper than trendy tape!
This sports bra idea is meant to remind you of great posture when you think of it, not have you sitting ram rod straight all day long. Besides you aren't going to wear a sports bra to work under your lovely clothes. Wear it for workouts, walks\jogs and perhaps for longer on the weekends when you can be in comfy clothes.
For a video on how to improve your posture with a simple standing practice press here.
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