As you are reading this, you are supported by a combination of two things: your reflex, predominantly-slow-twitch-muscle system and your bones and your voluntary, fast-twitch-muscle holding.  The latter are not designed for holding us up in gravity.  The former are.  If you picture your cat or a giraffe, or even in a broader sense a tree, you have an image of a balanced, well-coordinated way of moving up in gravity.  If you picture an old person hunched over, you have a sense of what using voluntary muscle to take over the reflex’s job leads to.  Forcing good posture with voluntary muscle doesn’t make it better—letting go of the familiar pattern we’ve gotten used to does.

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