I remember growing up being told by my grandmother to sit up straight while sitting at the dining table. I didn’t understand why until now the importance of keeping your spine in a neutral position. Structures like buildings and bridges are carefully engineered to prevent collapse and support structural integrity. In the same way, our muscles in our bodies are complex pulleys that push and pull on our bones. Gravity’s constantly putting pressure on our bodies. The key is finding out the ideal balance that will have the most economical effort on our body and avoid strain. I find that Pilates is the best way to balance the body’s muscles. The exercises both lengthen and strengthen the muscles.