Well, the ability we have to become aware of how we are walking, moving, speaking, compressing our bodies, slumping (or over-straightening) will have a lot to do with how good we are feeling by the end of the day. Either tight and sore, or free and easy.
Have you noticed how little children skip and play and breathe hard and fall asleep throughout the day? They are integrated so beautifully in their own bodies, because they haven't interfered with them! But as we get older, and by that I mean only a few years older...5 or6 or 7 years old, kids are already showing the signs of tight, slumped, uncoordinated posture.
But this doesn't have to be. There is a wonderful learning process called the Alexander Technique that I have been teaching for more than 25 years, and that supports and fosters my awareness about how I use my body every day. There is so much to say about the Technique, but suffice it to say that it is learnable and useful in our stressful world.
I highly recommend you at least give it a few lessons. Compared to back surgery they are affordable and preventative, and will bring forward a whole new way of listening to your body, your breath and movement in general. Less pain and strain is a good thing!
Diane Young Sussman is an Empowerment Coach and Alexander Technique teacher who is passionate about helping people change the habits and mindsets that create confusion and stuckness in life. She can be reached at Diane@besoulinspired.com for a FREE consultation.