Perfect Posture: Something to Work Toward

I always start my weight loss class with this question:

Do you want to lose five pounds right now? Right this minute?!”

They always laugh and say, “Yes!” So I tell them to stand up in front of their chairs. I look around the room and say: “Now, Stand Up Straight!” They all stand up straighter and they all look better. Here’s an example from yours truly. Two different pictures taken late this summer:

Slumping a bit here:

slumping

And here I am consciously engaging my core abdominal muscles and standing up straight and tall.

straight

 

I think the difference is pretty dramatic. I’ve got a tendency to slump and then I look bad.

I’ve been working since last summer on strengthening my core muscles and it is making a different in how I carry myself. Here’s a good website that has a lot of exercises on core strengthening and anything else you’d like to strengthen!

While standing up straight won’t make you lose weight, it will definitely make you look better!

Do you have any tricks for remembering to engage your core and stand up straight? Any favorite exercises? Diane

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  1. Years ago, I had some instruction in the Alexander Technique. It’s a method of movement that emphasizes the efficient use of muscles, reducing tension and stress on the body. I was shown how to hold yourself erect without strain, stretching out the spine and holding your head in a position that causes your shoulders to fall into place naturally without forcing them back. My classes (not covered by insurance!) were worth it for that knowledge alone.

  2. As I’m walking around at work, doing the loop, as I call it, I try to consciously walk taller. I straighten my back and throw my shoulders back as far as I can without tipping over. It feels good to this body that sits most of the day, and I think it makes me look at least five pounds lighter. ;)
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  3. Another major factor is to get proper bra fitting. Not at a department store, at a specialty bra shop. Also Pilates, Pilates, Pilates.

  4. I’d definitely recommend that, if you do work at a desk job, you get up and move. Do stretches, walk the long way to the kitchen or bathroom, take a short walk during lunch. It’s so easy to assume a crunched-up, cramped posture at a desk and then stand up and assume a slumped, bent-over standing posture. If you get up, shake yourself out, and stretch from time to time, you put a little flexibility back into your body, and that makes it easier to assume proper posture when standing or sitting.

    It’s so easy to just turn into a hunched-over lump when you sit at a desk all day, and then you get up … and you’re still a hunched-over lump, only a vertical hunched-over lump. :-(

  5. My Mother always was on my case about standing up straight and also walking with my legs straight. So it is kind of second nature. But I do have to consciously tell myself to hold in my abdomen. It feels better when I do it. I also remind myself a lot to breathe through my abdomen rather than my chest. That allow for better breath which makes everything feel better too.

    I wanted to tell you that your posts have been very helpful to me in my journey in the last three months. I find your blog very helpful and encouraging. I know some times keeping up a blog can be a bit of a chore so I wanted to pass along my sincere appreciation for the topics and advice.

  6. So funny – lately I’ve found myself being lazy so now when I stand at my standing work station I try to remember to engage my core at the same time – I had gotten lazy and it was showing!!
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  7. I don’t have any tips or tricks, but I noticed that when I am looking at myself in the mirror I do tend to suck my belly in! haha! Such a faker I am lol!

    Also I think you look very pretty!
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  8. I am so working on this. My trainer is on my case about it all the time. That and keeping my core engaged. It is quite interesting how I think about it all the time. I am hoping it will become second nature soon.
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  9. Wow! What a difference! I definitely need to remember that!