Post # 1
Does anyone know of some good tips for improving your posture? I saw some pics of myself and realize that I slouch all the time – so unnattractive! I don’t want to be hunched over in the future so I’m trying to sit up straight whenever I realize I’m slouching, but I’m sure there are some exercises or advice on how to make sure I’m always standing up straight.
Post # 3
@cali_cat: The best remedy that I’ve come across for improving my posture were core exercises – plans, oblique twists, bicycle crunches etc. and back exercises – i.e. shoulder rows etc. Yoga also helped my posture because many of the poses help develop core strength and blance.
I also try to ‘check in’ from time to time to see what my posture is doing, if I notice myself starting to slouch I pull my shoulder blades together and consciously try to sit up straight for 1 – 2 minutes. I’ve noticed that it’s slowly becoming a habit. Which is important for me because since I’ve began working at a desk job where I am glued to a computer for the majority of the day I’ve noticed my posture becoming worse and worse.
Post # 4
A friend of mine ties a piece of yarn around her natural waist. When she slouches, it gets tight because her tummy pokes out a little bit… and it reminds her to straighten up. I tried this once, but it drove me INSANE so I didn’t stick with it, but it works for her!
Post # 5
I’ve been noticing my posture a lot as well. It totally sucks.
Post # 6
My posture improved a lot when I began lifting weights. I learned that in general, women and especially those of us who sit at a desk all day, tend to have stronger muscles on the fronts of our body than the backs. Lifting weights for me evened out that strength imbalance and improved my posture a lot. I now have the strength in my upper and lower back to hold up my frame comfortably to where I’m not even consciously standing up straight; it’s just natural.
Getting started was a little intimidating but I used the book New Rules of Lifting for Women and I highly recommend it to any beginner.
Post # 7
@phillygirl629: This is exactly what I was going to say.
I saw a personal trainer who told me the same thing about woman using their fronts, he told me to try and sit up completely straight in the car while I drive as often as I can. It helps a lot. I also always sit cross legged in chairs instead of planting my feet on the ground and I think that helps me keep upright more often. I’ve been told by a lot of people (even when I waitressed customers would say so) that I had great posture, so maybe that helps?
Post # 8
Old fashioned trick but you have to do it alone, if you do it with someone watching they’ll laugh, you’ll laugh, and it be fun, but it won’t work! Get a huge book like an encyclopedia….you know where it goes? Balance it on your head, and start walking in a stratight line at first, then you can make turns when you get practice. Please don’t use you laptop! The book will fall a thousand time at the beginning!
Post # 9
Also, Jamie Eason’s Live Fit trainer is a great beginner’s guide to strength training. Just google it… lots of how-to videos and advice, and it’s made for women. Taking on look at Jamie will tell you that her program won’t make you bulky in the least, just strong and beautiful.
Also, YOGA. I’m always writing posts about yoga on here, but it really did change my life and my body. It might take some time, but find a style and instructor that you like and try to get into a regular practice. I get compliments on my posture and poise all the time- I owe most of it to my yoga practice.
Post # 10
take dance lessons! See if there’s any ballroom dancing studios in your area, it will improve your posture right away and you’ll be more elegant when you dance as a bonus!
If you’re not willing to do that, I would recommend that, in addition to doing posture exercises, you just try to walk around being mindful of your posture. Imagine that you’re wearing a tight corset all the time. At first it may feel weird, almost like you’re lifting your chest forward and up too much. That’s ok, it will even out so that it will look good when you don’t think about it.
I’m personally a ballroom dancer (started 4 years ago) and now have awesome posture because of it.
Post # 11
Awesome advice ladies!!! Thank you – I’ll be adding some yoga into my workout routine and try to walk around with a book on my head when I’m at home.
My grandmother had a bit of a hunch when she got older, my mom is probably on her way to one too, and once I realized that I was almost bent over double in my chair at work I freaked out about my posture. Being slouchy is really a universally unattractive trait.
(Btw, I’m sitting as straight as can be while I type this )
Post # 12
Be conscious of your posture, back and core exerices and sleep with a pillow between your knees (if you sleep on side) or under your knees (if you sleep on your back) and never sleep on your stomach!
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Core work (like pilates) and yoga will help a ton.