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Don't Be a Slouch

Don't Be a Slouch

Don't be a slouch! It really is no good for your spine, and we all recently learned that slouching is as bad as it looks. It undermines, not only the integrity of your spine, but all the ab work you do at the gym!

A few Sugar users have written in recently, with concerns about changing their posture. First off just thinking about standing up straight won't make good posture magically appear, although that is a good place to start. Good posture is a habit, a learned good behavior. So if you are now 22 and you have been slouching since you started to develop at age 12, relearning how to stand and sit will take some time and mental effort. The pay off is great though. You will look taller, thinner and have a healthier spine.

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Here's a posture checklist:

  1. Stand with your feet under your sits bones (yep those bones that you sit on that are the base of your pelvis). Your feet will only be about one of your own foot widths apart - not very wide. The weight on your feet should be balanced equally between the balls of your feet and your heels, as well as the inside and outside of your feet.
  2. Align your pelvis over your feet. Your pelvis should be level. Think of the pelvis like a wide soup bowl and you don't want the soup to spill over the front or the back of the bowl.
  3. Keep your ribcage directly over your pelvis. It is a common posture for the ribs to hang back behind the pelvis.
  4. Next place your shoulders right over your ribs.
  5. The skull should be right over your feet. Your earlobes should be in line with your shoulders - don't thrust your head forward.

Here's an image to help you: Imagine a golden string attached to the crown of your head. The string pulls you up and keeps your spine lifted and aligned.


Join The Conversation
Clarixa Clarixa 9 years
what exactly helps to sit up straight and stand tall? What methods?
KiDoE KiDoE 9 years
i slouch so much i have adamn hunch back right behind my neck, its gross!! and it lowers myself esteem!!!!!!!!!!!!! but lately ive been trying to sit and stand straight, kinda tiring but worth it i guess :(
weeazz weeazz 9 years
i have a sway back and have had many chiropractor visits that donts work but i find that imagining that i am a ballet dancer really helps because it automatically makes me stand taller and improves my posture and is it also gives you an air of grace.
persephone76 persephone76 9 years
This is something that I am always trying to work on but when I'm tired or stressed I kind of let it go. This post is a good reminder!
ovenmitt ovenmitt 9 years
who else was talking about this recently? in the past two weeks i have become very aware of my posture and was sure i'd read it here first... i'm most interested in juju's post b/c i am using ballet dvds to help improve my posture. i am definitely going to try her meditative exercise.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
I am so bad with slouching, I am a hunch back. Because of the previous post about slouching I purchased a PosturePro Lumbar Support for my chair at work. It has been helping me sit straight at work, but now I just need to do that when doing everything else. I work out regularly, 500 crunches every other day and when I slouch it still looks like I have a lil pouch belly! I annoy myself with that, friends and family are constantly correct my posture too. Not to mention, my mom enrolled me in ballet classes specifically for my posture! Anyway, just wanted to thank health for this info because it has inspired me to get serious about standing straight!
juju4 juju4 9 years
My modern dance instructor in college used to have us do an exercise that required laying on the ground with your knees up, toes tipped in, and your lower back flat on the floor. I'd feel my whole spine line up...and you just rest there for 5 minutes. She'd have us kind of meditate too, and it was really peaceful. She had me do a lot of this because when I came to her I had a ballet dancer's posture....very sway back. The resting position really helped, but I need to start doing it again!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm so bad with slouching. I try to remember to have good posture, but sometimes I forget. I will try to keep good posture and stand up straight!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
I always try to pull my abs in when I'm sitting and walking. It takes concentration though and once I lose it I forget about it for a while until I feel my back hurting again :-(
Jennyfer1 Jennyfer1 9 years
Tim Gunn has a really tip to help remember! Prentend you're in a Bistro in France and you're trying to fit by the tables and chairs.. you gotta stand up straight and pull everything in!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I try, you just made me realize I was! But ahhhh I get a massage in a couple of weeks at a super nice spa sooooo hopefully they can fix my back :)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I most def round my shoulders when I sit, I need to try and correct this soon soon soon. :(
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
You caught me slouching! :OOPS: OK, I'm straight now. My husband always yells at me for slouching. I do it and don't even realize it.
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