Health Watch: Winter Posture

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Harsh weather can cause 'winter posture' - meaning scrunched up necks and hunched backs.
In this week's 'Health Watch', Katie Luper tells us how you can stretch out those kinks.

Pilates is good for smoothing out tense, rolled up shoulders and muscle tension we get from sitting at our desks and in walking in the cold.

Ruth Merriman; Creative Movement Director And Pilates Instructor>>"Somebody might walk in for the first time and say their back is hurting them and have a kyphotic posture and I'll say 'Well you need to stand up a little bit and balance your ear with shoulder.' And they go 'Oh, that's a tall posture.' And we can help them bring awareness to that and give them some very simple fundamental exercises to do at home."

It caters to any level: age, strength or physical ability. It's a low impact exercise that tones muscle.

Ruth Merriman; Creative Movement Director And Pilates Instructor>>"It's very therapeutic. So we do help people with certain injuries or weaknesses, and we help them get stronger."

They perform exercises using their own weight or they create resistance with various pieces of equipment, and it's often used as a type of physical therapy.

Ruth Merriman; Creative Movement Director And Pilates Instructor>>"And I have classes up through 80 to 90 years old. We do chair classes. It's thrilling to teach all the various age levels."

Pilates can lengthen and stretch your body helping to get rid of that classic penguin posture and tense muscles.

Ruth Merriman; Creative Movement Director And Pilates Instructor>>"And whatever is going on with your body you can exercise safely and you can get a stronger more flexible body."

I'm Katie Luper, reporting.