How & Why Is Your Poor Posture Making You Look Short and Fat?
Two of the most common postural flaws I see are:
Postural Flaw #1 – Anterior Pelvic Tilt
Which leads to Lordosis
Unfortunately, Anterior Pelvic tilt & Lordosis manifest themselves as a protruding Gut and Butt. And no one likes that.
Postural Flaw #2 – Kyphosis
Kyphosis and a ‘forward head’ position makes you look hunched over and appear shorter. And once again, no one wants that.
But wait…it gets worse
When you are unwise enough to put kyphosis together with lordosis, you end up with…
- the whole looking fat and short thing PLUS,
- neck pain,
- bicep tendinitis,
- dry mouth,
- pain under the shoulder blades,
- mid back pain, lower back pain,
- lateral knee pain,
- torn knee ligaments,
- hamstring tears,
- plantar fasciitis and
This is what you should look like.
Here is a postural analysis video that should provide additional detail.
So What Do I Do About It?
The short answer is that you need to stretch some muscles:
- Rectus Femoris
- Tensor Fascia Latae
- Spinal Erectors (special care here)
- Pectoralis Major
- Latissimus Dorsi
- Teres Major
- Anterior Deltoid
- Upper Trapezius
- Levator Scapulae
and strengthen other muscles:
- Rectus Abdominis
- External Obliques
- Mid/Lower Trapezius
- Pectoralis Minor
The long answer will require you visiting a physiotherapist or an osteopath or some other postural guru.