The average person spends 12 hours per day sitting. Most people do not notice how often they sit throughout the day because we sit when we sit constantly for short amounts of time that tend to add up: while traveling, eating, working, studying, relaxing, reading, or waiting. Our posture when sitting can have major consequences on our backs if we don’t make a conscious effort to sit right.
In the past few years, technology, such as smartphones, has progressively increased worldwide. Everyday tasks are now completed by downloading an app and hitting a few buttons; however, smartphone users fail to recognize that using smartphones can have negative consequences on our health. Recent research has shown that smartphone posture can cause injury and pain in the shoulders, neck, and thumbs with the severity of symptoms increasing with increased smartphone usage. Extended smartphone usage can cause forward neck posture, slouched posture, or rounded shoulders. Sustaining faulty posture in the neck and shoulders can cause injury to the cervical spine and disrupts the proper biomechanics in the shoulder joint, respectively.
With the growing popularity of UFC, and consequently Mixed Martial Arts, and the U.S. Military’s focus on ground combatives as a hand to hand fighting solution, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has become one of the most popular combat sport systems in the United States today.
Finding a training home can be a challenge, but armed with the right mindset for training you will be able to find a facility and professor that can aid you in your journey.