Friday, November 4

Fitting Thoughts #1: Pattern Fitting and Weight training for Posture

I have been noticing a slight difference in the way my clothes fit in the back lately. I've noticed that the back of my makes do not fit as well. It almost seems like my back is a little bit longer from my shoulder blade to my shoulder point. I thought about it for a while now, and realized that I may be slumping over more now than before or is it my body changing with age?
Than I decided to take a look at it a little bit closer when I realized that I have not been doing my back exercises the way I used to about a year ago. I used to always do special back supporting exercises that strengthened my posture. I haven't been doing my wing back exercises, I haven't been using my weights either. Now I'm noticing a slight curvature of my upper back. I normally do a small broad back adjustment on my patterns of no more than 3/8" or 1/2". Even though I do a swayback adjustment for my hip and my waistline, I never have to worry about it at the top of my center back. What is this? Is this old age, is this the meaning of getting older? Is this the beginning of osteoporosis or dowagers hump.
I will need to read more about this bad posture in the sewing room and make up exercises to strengthen my back. Lest I need more pattern alterations for the back.





9 comments :

  1. Andrea, great post and something I am sure most of us feel. Aging symptoms. We just can't stop it :{ Keeping up weight training is definitely something we need to do as we age to keep our strength and flexibility. But I think sewing and being on a computer does not help our posture.
    Back and core exercises certainly will help.

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    1. Yes, Ann, I certainly agree about the computer and sewing. As well as leaning over a cutting table.

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  2. Great post and believe age has something to do with it. I have to do a sloping shoulder adjustment on my patterns. I am blaming aging & desk work.

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    1. Thanks Sheila. I've now added the upper back adjustment. I don't think it has a name yet, since it's so high above my shoulder blades.

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  3. Great post and believe age has something to do with it. I have to do a sloping shoulder adjustment on my patterns. I am blaming aging & desk work.

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  4. I have the same issues with my back.. I would love to know about your exercises for your back.

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    1. Lyndalee, I'll be sure to consider a follow up post.

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  5. This could definitely be the start of osteoporosis. Mention it next time you go to the doctor. Make sure they take your height. Tha curvature can actually decrease your height and a sure sign of osteo.

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    1. Thanks Bunny. I will certainly ask at my next visit. I actually had a bone density test done ate the local YMCA women's health day and they said it was "within range". Not sure how helpful that can be.

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