Runners Hunch | Tight Muscles | The Art of Personal Training

Fix the Runners hunch!Technology is a wonderful thing, no question about that, but it does have some negative side effects.  One of the less touched upon curses of technology is the ‘computer hunch’, which causes people’s shoulders to roll forward, destroying good posture.  Fortunately, there are things you can do to combat the computer hunch: stretch and exercise.Typically a rounding of the shoulders is produced by weak back muscles and tight pectoral muscles, which often results from sitting and leaning forward to type or peer at the screen.  The tight pectorals pull the shoulders forward, and the weak back can’t counterbalance the pectorals and straighten the shoulders.  And thus, a hunch.  (But don’t think this is relegated to desk jockeys and unfit people only.  You can often see this type of hunch in runners as well, because the motion of running pulls their torso forward.)  In order to fix the hunch, all one must do is strengthen the back and stretch the chest.  It’s not very complicated.  Doing rows or pullups will work to strengthen the majority of the muscles in the back, and will help to pull the shoulders back.  By stretching the pecs (typically by putting one hand on a door frame and twisting to look away from the arm), you can reduce their tightness, and the strength of the back will begin to pull the shoulders back.  Finally, a conscious effort to stand up straight will activate the neurons and straighten your shoulders.Having a forward hunch can cause back pain and become more and more of an issue with increased age.  It’s important to combat the problem quickly and effectively.  Fortunately, it’s an easy issue to fix, and one that has a relatively permanent solution.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241