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Minutes to a Healthier You: Posture Check

It's not the hours we spend at the gym that make a difference in our health, it's the little things too. Like paying attention to how you stand. Your posture affects every activity you do from cooking dinner to running on the treadmill. Take advantage of the moments throughout your day when you can to do a postural check-in: riding the elevator up to the office, standing in line at the ATM, washing the dishes, waiting for a traffic light to change to green. You catch my drift. Every time you are just standing around make sure: your pelvis is over your ankles, that your ribs are over your pelvis, your shoulders over your ribs and your head floating up above it all. Also make sure you have your weight evenly distributed on both feet. When I am standing still, I often find my glutes clenched, pelvis tucked under, and my ribs tilted back with my shoulders far behind my pelvis. Plus I tend to stand with most of my weight on my left foot. Needless to say, when I align my body and put some weight on my right foot, my back stops aching. Check your posture next time you are just standing there and see how you really stand.

Need some more pointers on how to improve your posture? Then check out — Attention: Stand Up Straight. And if you would like more tips on staying healthy during your busy days read all my Minutes to a Healthier You ideas.


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urbanscape urbanscape 8 years
My posture is terrible. I must make more of an effort to correct myself when I fall back into the habit of slouching.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I totally need to work on my posture too. I slouch a lot and I know it affects how I look. When I pay attention and stand up straight, I actually LOOK taller than I really am (which is a major bonus!)
jkat jkat 8 years
I am totally trying to work on this. I tend to lean far foward with my pelvis, so that it is not over my ankles but is closer to being over my toes. When I try to re-align I actually find it very hard to stand with my pelvis over my ankles. I have to use a lot more muscles to keep it there.
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
sometimes i slump but it's b/c im too tall and i feel like sometimes i have to get down on other people's level. i hate being the tree in the crowd, esp at the bar...ugh gripe.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i always have people tell me that i have great posture and i guess it's all for a good reason huh? i find that if i sit at my desk at work and i'm not sitting up straight i get a headache much faster so it shows that the way your weight is distributed really can have benefits.
Spiderlove Spiderlove 8 years
Ugh. I need to be more aware of my posture...
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