I often get asked the question, “What is the best posture?” The answer is not what people expect nor what they want to hear. People expect me to say proper posture is when the spine is lengthened, the core is engaged, the hips are neutral, the knees slightly bent, and shoulders resting back. While this is a great static posture, there is nothing functional about this position.
The best posture is one that requires regular movement
Think about posture as a state of constant change that is always evolving and adapting to the demands of life. The best posture is a dynamic one that stimulates the brain and stresses the body in unique ways. Our body is designed to explore the capacity of our movement throughout our entire lives. We need to be stable in certain positions and quick and agile in others. Injuries are more common in older people simply because we lose our dynamic posture. Think about the last time grandma or grandpa performed a jumping movement. It simply does not happen. Be Dynamic!