Unless you’re a ballerina, posture probably isn’t something you think about on a daily basis…but maybe it should be. Over the years, research has shown that poor posture can have a negative effect on your emotions, health and wellbeing. If you’re a sloucher, you put yourself at risk for everything from heart strain to depression to serious spine problems! Posture is even more important when it comes to school and the workplace – poor posture can convey laziness, slacking off and idleness, while good posture communicates confidence, strength and dependability.
If you’re a natural sloucher, don’t worry – today, I’m going to share 5 simple tips to help you channel your inner ballerina and keep your posture in check:
1.) Palms up: This sounds almost too good to be true, but it really works! All you have to do is one thing: turn up your palms. That’s right – anytime you’re in a sitting position and don’t need to use your hands, just place your hands against your thighs palms up. Because our bodies aren’t used to this position, you can feel the effects almost immediately. You’ll notice that it feels like someone is gently pulling back your shoulders. If you’re using one hand, do the palms-up method with the other – you should still be able to feel the difference. To read more about why this tip works, click here.
2.) Be ballsy: Swap your office chair for a big, bouncy exercise ball instead. Why? With no chair back or armrests to lean on, your body is almost forced to straighten up. Plus, balancing on one helps you use your core muscles!
3.) String theory: For perfect posture, picture an invisible string stretching from the top of your head and down your spine. When sitting, your body should make a 90-degree angle. When standing, make sure to keep your weight in the balls of your feet.
4.) Remind: As with all new habits, sometimes all you need is a little reminder. If you sit at a desk for hours, put a photo or phrase by your computer to remind you to straighten up. If you’re constantly on the go, set a little alarm in your phone every few hours for a simple heads up.
5.) Stretch it out: There are actually stretches you can do to improve your posture! Give this a try the next time your spine needs a pick-me-up.
Do you ever think about posture? Do you think you have good posture or bad posture? Share with me in the comments!
photo credit: Stella McCartney Resort 2012
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