The new textbook Stand Tall and Move Easy, by Joanna Farmer, is now available in digital and printed formats.
The book presents posture as a fundamental skill, a basic fitness component, and a foundation for exercise, sport performance, and efficient movement in daily living. Although written for college students, it is a do-it-yourself approach for anyone wanting to stand taller and move better.
Stand Tall and Move Easy
A New Approach to Better Posture
The basic premise of Stand Tall and Move Easy is that most people—even athletes—have some postural challenge, and that with knowledge, self-awareness, and an active lifestyle, they can overcome such challenges. Your body can feel good and move well at any age.
The book is divided into three parts: Posture Theory, Posture Assessment and Analysis, and Planning and Carrying Out a Posture Program. Additional documents freely available from the CCDMD online catalogue include an exercise planning chart and lifestyle monitor chart, as well as a Teaching Guide, which contains the following headings: Course Design, Answers to Quizzes and Activities, and Notes on Activities.
About the author
As a dancer and physical education teacher, Joanna has had a lifelong interest in posture. For her master’s thesis at McGill University, she investigated the movement of rising onto pointe in ballet. At Dawson College in Montreal, she developed a specialized posture course for nursing students to reduce their risk of back pain. She also designed a new measurement tool to assess posture, and in 2019, published a study on college student posture, establishing rates of alignment deficits and relationships between
posture and fitness.