My opinion: While I do agree that posture is important, I also don't think that it is everything to our health. Having a decent posture may prevent us from harming our bodies, but it probably cannot make them stronger. Hence, it is exercise combined with posture that will lead to the best results.
I also wonder if, as a society, we are sometimes overly concerned about posture. I know that for me, it is often difficult to sit up straight, and I certainly could use some posture improvements. However, I also wonder if it takes years to achieve the best possible posture, or if we can learn how to form an "ok" posture rather quickly that relieves most of the tension. In other words, I think its fine to worry about this, but do some of us worry too much?
Finally, as a music student, I'm frequently told that my posture must be changed in order to effectively perform. Can music professionals give sufficient posture advice for everyday living, or is Esther Gokhale a more knowledgeable resource? Feel free to comment.
Now sit up and listen: why posture matters
The back button ... Esther Gokhale, right, teaches techniques for maintaining better posture. Photo: Jim WilsonMatt Drudge recently noted an anniversary of his aggregator news site with a Twitter post: "18 years of DRUDGE REPORT in February! And STILL sitting ;)."
Drudge, 46, hasn't just been sitting for two decades. Like so many workers chained to their technology, he has been hunched over desktops, notebooks, smartphones and tablets, and it's all taken a toll on his body. He tries to limit the time he spends sitting to four or five hours a day, but sometimes he sits for up to 17 hours.
To ease his back, neck and shoulder pain, Drudge says, he has learnt how to adjust his posture. Whether he's typing in the car, from the wooden folding chair in his Miami home office or from a boardwalk bench at the beach on cloudy days, he makes sure to tilt the top of his pelvis forward, roll his shoulders back, elongate his spine and straighten his craned neck.
Sit up straight.Drudge is one of thousands of people who have trained with Esther Gokhale, a posture expert in Silicon Valley. She believes that people suffer from pain and dysfunction because they have forgotten how to use their bodies. It's not the act of sitting for long periods that causes us pain, she says, it's the way we position ourselves.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/culture/now-sit-up-and-listen-why-posture-matters-20130515-2jlij.html#ixzz2TMzIWodK