The question I get asked the most is: How long will it take to correct my posture? The second most common question: Is it possible to correct my posture? One of my students recently emailed me this question:
Can it really be corrected? I am 31 and just realizing in the last year how bad it is from sitting at a computer for long hours … I feel like I look like one of those drawings of the evolution of man!! Ugh. I need to fix this but how long, realistically, would this take considering how long it likely took to get like this?
Bingo! I couldn’t have said it better. If you are in your 30s and have been living for 3 decades now, how long do you think it might take? What if you are 40, 50 or 75? So should you just give up and throw in the towel because you are starting late? No way!
It is never too late to start; but the longer you leave it, the less likely you are to get BIG noticeable results. Why?
By the time we are just 25, a process called sarcopenia has already begun. Sarcopenia is the degenerative change of skeletal muscle mass and strength. Think worn discs and bone spurs, and you’ve got the right idea.
The ideal age to begin our posture correction isn’t when we have pain, make the time, or feel like it; it’s right now. TODAY!
But many people don’t address their body alignment (posture) until much later in life. Why do you think that is? Because pain is the world’s greatest motivator – no pain, no problem right? Wrong!
By the time most of us have aches and pain and spinal stiffness, the process of sarcopenia is well under way. Some of you won’t like me saying that and I know I will receive some angry emails. You’ll be upset because I’m telling you the way it is. You want to hear that it will all be OK and that no matter when you finally get around to making a commitment, it will all work out just fine.
But that just isn’t the truth. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve treated in private practice who are furious they waited as long as they did; so please take action now.
And HEAR WHAT I’M SAYING … I’m NOT telling you to give up, because you’re too old. I’d never say that, because I don’t believe that. What I’m saying, is START NOW, whatever age you are!
If you are 65, start TODAY! If you are 35, start TODAY! If you are 55 start TODAY! Watch one of my posture videos and do the exercise TODAY!
Every day we put off moving our bodies (with the specific intention of reversing the effects of gravity and lifestyle) or starting one of my posture courses, like the popular Text Neck, is just one more day we submit to the degenerative changes of sarcopenia.
Once the discs and bones are worn, it is extremely hard to realign the body. It’s not impossible, but it’s one heck of a challenge.
And by the way, I am that person with the worn spinal discs, a scoliosis (spinal curvature) and a bunion. I posturercise my body every single day and I have done for 25 years, since the MOMENT I learned about sarcopenia and saw the worn discs in my spine. I was only 24 years old.
I wasn’t willing to give up being healthy and vibrant, well into my senior years and neither should you!
I made it my absolute mission to just begin! I started TODAY, and that was 25 years ago!
Posture Hack #4: Start Today
Next week, is my final Posture Hack. You will take the start you make today and I’m going to help you develop a lasting habit before the signs and symptoms (that you may already be experiencing) take hold.
You’ll have a much better chance of improving your long-term health outcomes and you will be more likely to get the kind of long-lasting results that even other people notice!
How long will it take to fix your posture? The longer you leave it, the longer it will take!
Hack #1 – Achieving Tasks (Create the environment)
Hack #2: Learn To Play