Good Posture vs. Bad Posture

Picture A shows a normal spine.  B, C, and D show poor posture.


When you have good posture, your body is straight, with the ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles in a straight line.


Muscles work as a team.  When you have good posture, your muscles are balanced, and keep your spine in proper alignment.  You feel healthy, and look good.

Muscle imbalance occurs when some muscles are stronger because you use them more often, while others are weak because you use them less.

If the muscles supporting your spine are weak, you’ll eventually experience muscle spasm, neck and back pain. Spinal misalignment also contributes to inefficient breathing.  Without proper exercise to bring the spine into its neutral position, these conditions get worse.

Muscle balance creates good posture, prevents injury, backache, spasms, and neck pain.  Good posture enhances self-esteem.


In his book, Return To Life, published in 1945, Joseph Pilates wrote about the problems caused by spinal misalignment, lack of exercise, poor breathing habits, and the harmful effects of modern living on human health.   The same problems prevail today, if not more so.  The pace of life is fast, our society is sedentary, we overeat, and don’t exercise enough.

“Physical fitness is the first requisite for happiness” – Joseph Pilates

Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore and Blue Moon Personal Training

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