Are you constantly slouching over your desk at school or work? If so, you probably have poor posture. Unfortunately, this is caused by spending a majority of your day sitting.
A new shirt line from Alignmed is designed to solve your posture problem. Their Evidence Based Apparel Posture Shirt is the only shirt on the market that corrects your posture, giving rise to the term "Anatomic Garment." The Posture Shirt is a compression shirt made from stretchy material with strategically positioned neuro-bands in the back. The bands are made of non-stretch material, so they pull your shoulders down and back, promoting proper postural alignment.
How does good posture help you—other than appeasing your parents' and teachers' demands to sit up straight? According to Mark Roozen, Cleveland Browns assistant strength coach, posture can have a dramatic effect on your performance. "Structure determines function, function determines performance and performance determines outcome in your sport," he says. "If you are not in the correct posture, you won't be able to function at a high level, and you won't get the result you are looking for."
We tried the Posture Shirt to see how it affected our performance, and we came away impressed. When we first put the shirt on, our shoulders were pulled back as if we were trying to squeeze an orange between our shoulder blades. It felt a little unnatural at first, but over time the position became familiar and comfortable—even when we were not wearing the shirt. When training, the Posture Shirt helped maintain proper alignment, which improved exercise technique and, therefore, exercise effectiveness.
"I feel that a key to performance—both athletic and in daily movement—is how we are aligned," Roozen says. "The Posture Shirt helps make sure that we maintain correct position when sitting, standing or performing various exercises or sports skills." We found that the Posture Shirt was comfortable, effectively wicked away sweat and kept our body cool during intense training.
Although Alignmed recommends washing the Posture Shirt on a regular basis, its built-in Bac-Shield Anti-Microbial Protection prevents the growth of mold, mildew, fungi and bacteria, which help keeps the shirt smelling fresh and clean.
The Posture Shirt is available for $99.95 in black or white, with crew neck or v-neck, in men's and women's sizes. To learn more, go to alignmed.com.
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