Post # 1
So I have realized that I have horrible posture. Standing, sitting, or any other time, I am usually slouching. I want to improve my posture for a lot of reasons, like health benefits and looking more professional, and I definitely don’t want all my wedding pictures to feature a slouching bride.
Is anyone else working on this? Does anyone have any advice?
Post # 3
only advice i can give is to consciously keep your shoulders back whenever you think of it. it makes me sit straigher when i do this and i have found it looks better in pictures,
Post # 4
@dynamic_duo: That was my advice as well. Try to focus on your shoulder blades and keeping them flat to your back/closer together.
Another thing to do is take a string in the AM when you’re getting dressed, and stand up nice and tall, and tie the string around your waste with a bit of slack (just enough to stick your finger, and don’t suck in). This will help you realize immediately when you stop engaging your ab muscles, which help you support yourself when you stand up straight. We also tend to ‘pooch out’ when we slouch, so this will be a constant reminder if you’re starting to slump agian. Total PITA, but it brings it right to your immediate attention, whereas you could slouch for a solid half hour on the computer and not notice.
Post # 5
Maybe have some reminders either from people, or little notes. I nag Fiance about bad posture. 1 I find it unattractive, and 2 it’s actaully bad for you. I should say I remind him to “sit up straight baby” of course with a smile.
Post # 6
I immediately straightened up as soon as I read the title of this thread. I am HORRIBLE about slouching, and am actually suprised it has not given me horrible back problems so far. I’d like to know some tips as well!
Post # 7
I’ve recently started doing yoga, and I’ve been amazed at how good it makes me feel, and one of the things I’ve noticed is that I think I’ve started sitting up straighter. I think yoga strengthens a lot of muscles including those in the back. Something to consider if you have a yoga studio near you.
Post # 8
Thanks, those all seem like good ideas! I think maybe I will try the string thing next week.
Post # 9
I find it helps not to think of keeping your shoulders back, but rather to think of them being pulled out to the side.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
I try to bend over and slowly roll up to standing a few times every morning. I think it helps stretch everything out so I walk tall.
Post # 11
I like the idea of the reminders. I work in an office, so I just put some in my Outlook calendar. I set it so the reminders pop up three times a day.
Post # 12
Yoga! It makes you strong enough to hold yourself in position without trying. You could probably get similar benefits from pilates and dance lessons, but I don’t know as much about those.
Post # 13
I’ll loan you my mother. She’s great at nagging about it 😛
Make a habit of engaging your core muscles whenever you can. You can do this anywhere; sitting, standing, walking. Make a game of it if you need to and set little, easily achievable goals, like “I will engage my core muscles all the way to the copy machine and back to my desk” or “I will engage my core muscles through this entire commercial break.” When you begin to notice how much taller, more graceful and confident it makes you feel, you’ll become addicted, and you’ll start catching yourself when you begin to slouch.
Post # 14
I have a hump now since I gained weight and my posture is horrendus. I must say that trying to fit into my old tight clothes doesn’t help because my stomach doesn’t have much room to sit upright. I have been working out and lost a lot of weight and it’s a bit easier. When I try to sit up right though I feel that I’m over doing it. The string idea sounds great, I should try that. I’m curious to hear what other people have to say. @linguo42 Can I borrow her? My Fiance doesn’t remember to do it.
Post # 15
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Yoga will help, as would ballet fitness classes.
Post # 16
@MissBananaBread: I clip some elastic between my bra straps near my shoulder blades. It keeps me from slouching AND keeps them from slipping. Double duty 🙂