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About 99% of people are not aware of how important it is to do any (actually, every) exercise in the correct posture, to have the desired effect. When I had started working out, I wish someone had emphasized enough on it's importance. No wonder I spent double the amount of time that might have been actually required to get the 'result'. It has probably taken me 3-4 years to learn it and I am afraid even today I'm not 100% there. Initially, I was surprised to see how painful it was to correct my posture. That's the price you pay for spending the whole life (sitting/standing/moving) in crocked body forms .
Some basic pointers for correct postures, purely by my experience:
- Always have your back straight (Imagine you are trying to hold a pencil between your shoulder blades)
- Chest up and out (Ladies ... in a feminine way *wink*)
- Belly always tucked IN
- Neck should always be held perpendicular to your shoulders
- Your weight should be evenly distributed on both your feet
Trust me, it sounds much easier than it actually is but it is immensely important for a healthy and flexible body. The side effect of a good posture will be 100% impact of any exercise you do.
So, in the previous post, I didn't actually complete my thought on ... honesty.
Besides, not being able to lie or be diplomatic (successfully) and hence choosing silence over empty conversations, I yet, believe strongly in the power of honesty. A lot of times it's not about what you say, but how you say it (and whom you say it to, sometimes :P).
I am from Hospitality Industry, and contrary to what everyone might like to believe, life in hotels & restaurants is not smooth or of top-notch-standards 24/7. Things go wrong all the time (linen doesn't arrive on time, staff is late, things breakdown, dishes get burnt). But I learnt early on in my career that if I explain honestly to the guest about what the problem was instead of cooking stories, the conversation will be much shorter and more amicable. I also had similar experience at job interviews. If I lacked in any area I honestly accepted it and that showed me in positive and earnest light (worked in my favor!). Plus, I escaped from the burden of remembering all the lies I might have cooked up. I think, in today's times we give very little weightiness to how much gravity honesty holds ... Think about it!
Week 5 | Day 34 | 19th September 2009