You do your best to get results from your workouts… you eat well, you train hard and yet you still feel like you’re falling short of hitting your peak.
Low energy, grogginess, shortage of breath and neck and back pain are just some of the problems you may be suffering from. But why? How does a perfectly healthy, athletic individual who eats well and trains hard STILL suffer?
It’s a problem that nobody is tackling, that doctors are failing to diagnose and which poses just as many health risks as obesity…
It affects nearly everyone, no matter what your age or level of fitness. It’s a problem that originates in just one area of your body but affects your overall health, including your mental as well as your physical state.
You’ve probably seen it yourself, in those guys and girls who are physically active but walk around with a chicken head or giraffe neck.
Instead of a powerful, strong chest, their shoulders are hunched forward, their head droops down and their curved back almost gives them a hump.
Your neck is designed to remain vertical, supporting the weight of your skull in a perfect line from the top of your head straight down through your body to your feet.
When you look at yourself in the mirror from the side, your ear, your shoulder and your hips should all be in a straight line down to the floor. If it is unaligned and your ear is in front of your shoulders, it’s a sure sign of forward head posture.
You see, the average head weighs 10-12lbs. When your head sits perfectly upon your neck and shoulders, the body naturally adapts to holding this weight.
But if your head is constantly pulled forward, the weight of your head pulls on your neck and puts pressure on your spine.
When your head is pulled forward the additional pressure on your neck, shoulders and back rises dramatically causing serious tissue damage. In fact, every inch your head is thrust forward from its natural position adds another 10 lbs of stress on the neck, shoulders, back and spine.
It’s why you may have developed that ugly ‘hump’ below your neck; to combat the stress of holding your head up, the body’s reaction has been to build-up bone and fat tissue to compensate and protect the spine at the C7 vertebrae.
Forward head posture doesn’t just leave you looking awkward… No matter how hard you train or how well you eat, unless you start fixing your head posture right now, it may not be possible to reverse the damage already done.
My name is Mike Westerdal and I’m a national best-selling fitness author, sports nutrition specialist, personal trainer, Iron Man magazine contributor and founder of the internet’s longest-standing strength site, CriticalBench.com
Shortly, I’ll explain to you how it’s possible to fix your forward head posture using just 10 really simple movements that instantly improve your posture and increase your strength, energy and vitality.
But first, let me show you the many ways forward head posture is damaging your health and holding you back.
Although few realize they have a posture problem, fewer still realize how many problems are caused by Forward Head Posture.
As the main connector between your upper torso and skull, the neck has the crucial task of cradling the body’s computer — the brain.
When I personally discovered that I suffered from Forward Head Posture, I was shocked at the impact it had on my health. The number of symptoms I could directly trace back to poor posture was just as shocking.
Not only does Forward Head Posture give your back that ugly hunch and crouched-over look… it also causes much deeper, serious problems including:
If you’ve suffered any of these without realizing the root problem was Forward Head Posture, you’re not alone.
Forward Head Posture or FHP affects nearly everybody, yet hardly anyone understands the serious long-term physical and mental damage it can cause.
And it’s the most important muscle in your neck that dictates just how strong and healthy our posture and well-being is.
Your neck is literally the BRIDGE between your head and your body. It’s the balance beam from which good posture flows.
Although there are a number of major muscles in the neck and back, there is one “vital” muscle at the front of your neck which does all the lifting…
The sternocleidomastoid originates at the breastplate (sternum) and collar bone (clavicle) and inserts at the mastoid process of the temporal bone of the skull.
When your sternocleidomastoid is strong and supple, your head sits perfectly upon your neck. The body follows the head. When your head is properly aligned as it should be the rest of the spine falls into place.
By holding your head in place it maintains your spine in a healthy, lengthened position and removes stress and tension from your upper, middle and lower back muscles. Your upper torso is optimally lengthened, keeping your windpipe clear and allowing maximum intake of breath into your lungs, increasing oxygen levels and improving brain function.
This muscle is the key to your postural health. But any imbalance or weakness in this vital connection between your head and torso sends shockwaves through your body.
And what is the No.1 cause of this imbalance that causes weakness in your sternocleidomastoid muscle?
Regardless of how much you hit the gym, how well you eat or how much you look after your body, hours spent sitting at a desk with your neck craned over a keyboard or constantly arching your head down to look at your smart phone eats away at your health in ways you could never predict.
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