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Slouching Looks as Bad as It Is

Do you find yourself slouching throughout the day? While you may be aware that it looks bad, you may not be aware that all that slouching could be reversing all your hard work at the gym. Here's why from Men's Health:

Slouching sabotages your six-pack. Training your core helps correct poor posture. But an hour a week of core work can't compensate for the 50 hours spent slumped over your keyboard. The fix: Stay tall through your hips and keep your head up and shoulder blades back and down all day long.

So do as your mother told you and sit-up straight, your six-pack (or your dreams of a one) will thank you later.


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sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
I don't remember where I read it, but you shouldn't sit straight up and down in your chair. The 90 degree angle puts stress on your hips and spine. You should actually scoot forward slightly and lean back. This isn't the exact article that I read, but it's talking about something similar.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I had an evaluation by a trainer who asked me to stand the way I normally do. I did my best to stand up tall and straight, but he could put together that I had a desk job with a computer because my head jutted forward, which is probably due to getting my face closer in front of the computer screen. Nowadays I'm more mindful of it.
suzanne suzanne 9 years
:FOGEY: That's right... listen to your mother!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
I agree nicachica. I'm always finding my self leaning forward and resting my boobs on my desk. Feels a lot more comfortable than sitting rigid, but I don't want to get a hunchback. oiye, mother was right. need to sit up straight more often.
nicachica nicachica 9 years
it's kinda hard not to slouch when you have a lot of weight in the front (i.e. big boobs). any way to combat that?
lintacious lintacious 9 years
pilates has improved my posture like no other!! however, i disagree with the article; keep your shoulders FRONT and down. eseentially rounding them froward, instead of protuding them back. that also eased my shoulder pain a lot!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I try so hard not to slouch at work on my computer...but the way it's angeled and everything makes it so hard!!! I can even feel it in my back some days :(
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
Yea I am the queen of slouching! Anyone know where I can get those chair-back-straightener-thingys?
ma9321 ma9321 9 years
I try my best to sit up straight (oh, and i def. don't have a six pack! ) because I don't want to be hunchbacked. My husband on the other hand slouches all the time and I tell him time and time again that he needs to start sitting up straight.
bhustle bhustle 9 years
see how many of us have bad posture? I get so lazy at work I never sit right, I have bad back pains because I don't sit right but it ain't cute in the future when you're hunched
tati33 tati33 9 years
i have such poor posture..i recently got orthotics and i think that it's improved my posture when i walk and am standing..but i tend to slouch at chair is very uncomfortable but i dont think i'll get a new chair :(
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
There was a girl in my high school who had the worst posture, even standing up. Her shoulders were always slumped down and she actually had a hump looking thing at the top of her back. She was a biatch to everyone so I didn't mind calling her hunchback behind her back :rotfl:
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 9 years
well i don't have a six pack but i shd def sit up straight!!
nikkipez nikkipez 9 years
never thought of it like this...for some reason it is so uncomfortable to stand/sit up straight but I'm definitely going to be making an effort to do it more!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I need to sit up more straight that's for sure.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years posture has been HORRIBLE lately! I can feel the tightness during the day, and by the end of the day it's sore. I really have to watch that. I only do it at work though, in front of the PC. I think my chair needs to be replaced. That will help with the ergonomics and posture. I'm told '08 is the year of the chair in my office. :pray:
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