(Closed) Improving Posture

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My sister has terrible posture. My mom is always telling her to roll her shoulders back. Even if it seems ridiculous, when you’re walking, make a concious effort to roll your shoulders back so that you’re standing up straight.

Also, if it may be an issue with your chest size (like if that’s causing you to slump over a bit) get sized for a supportive bra!

Post # 4
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Helper bee

ugh- i’m with you. i always had shorter friends my whole life and i think b/c i didn’t like towering over them i started this bad habit too:( i try to focus on sitting up straight at work and in the car especially, and i think that when i wear heels it helps me to stand up straight too.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Heels def. help with walking & standing.

Think about taking a ballet class too. I used to take classes in HS & college and recently started again – it makes you more conscious of your body, esp your posture & how you hold yourself – plus it’s a workout without having to go to the gym! 🙂

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Yoga/Pilates can help, as can back exercises – I had a few sessions with a personal trainer, and he showed me which exercises and machines to use to help improve my posture. If you develop the muscles in your back, they start to engage naturally, and your posture stays good even when you’re not thinking about it.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

I wish I knew! I always just lapse and forget. I’ve had bad posture for so long that it’s actually kind of uncomfortable to sit with the correct posture for too long. no fun. I’d like to start yoga or pilates one of these days though.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Call me Slumpy McSlump because I have terrible posture.  If I work hard to correct it I get back spasms, so I am trying to change things slowly.  I have found that if I put a little note on my desk at work reminding me to sit up straight it helps me.

Post # 10
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948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

As I read this, I am slumped over my keyboard…oops.

I need advice too!  My doctor told me it is very common for tall women to have bad posture because they probably slouched when they were younger in order not to tower over everyone else.  Now that I am older, I LOVE being tall, but I find it hard to break these old habits that I have been doing, well, forever!

I agreet that a note on your computer is great for a little reminder.  I also have one that says “Do Not Cross Legs!”.  Again, long legged people tend to cross and shove their legs under desks, in cars, etc. & I ended up with severed nerves after years of doing this!  Crazy 🙂

Thanks for the link, I am going to check it out!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Miss Pudding recently blogged about slouching and poor posture – you can read here entry here:

Bent Out of Shape

I also slouch. You know, I think a lot of it is poor back strength. You need strong shoulder and back muscles to sit up straight. That is why yoga and pilates helps – it strengthens your back muscles. I am starting week 3 of P90X, and I have noticed a difference in my posture as my back and shoulders have gotten stronger.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Worcesterbride beat me to it, but I was going to suggest back and abdominal excersises to help.  I tend to forget to sit upright also after a while.  I always notice myself slouching and have to always try to remind myself to sit up. 

I’m shocked to hear Quiche got severed nerves from crossing legs so much.  Sorry to hear about that.  Is that painful? 

Post # 13
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16217 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I agree that it is pretty symptomatic of tall girls…I try to be shorter around them, especially in pictures so I don’t feel like a giant!

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