Good posture is the essence of a young-looking body.
Aligning the joints dissolves tension in the shoulders and
lower back, allows your spine to find its full range of
motion, promotes easier breathing and defines your figure,
helping you look trimmer and more self-confident. Good
posture also prevents neck problems, exercises the
abdominal and pelvic muscles, protects your back as you
lift and carry, and makes fitness workouts more effective.
Poor posture can lead to backache
and a stiff neck and shoulders, not to
mention a stooped profile. Stiff areas
aren’t used and so become stiffer,
other body parts taking over to
compensate, leading to imbalances
and problems with flexibility and
strength. Check your posture at
regular intervals, perhaps when you
stop at a red light or on the hourly
news report. Stretch, shake out
tension, and restack the vertebrae.
On a chair, imagine your tailbone
is dropping heavily onto the seat
behind you. This helps bring your
spine into neutral. Let the crown of
your head float toward the ceiling;
tuck the chin in slightly to keep the
neck long. Visualize space between
Against the wall
Sit cross-legged with your lower
back touching a wall. Anchor your
legs and buttocks to the floor.
Inhaling, feel your spine grow out of
your hips. Breathing out, draw your
abdominal muscles back. On your
next inhalation, rest both shoulder
blades against the wall. Visualize the
crown of your head growing taller.
Adjust your chair
Choose an adjustable office chair.
Move the seat until both feet are flat
on the floor, legs hip-width apart,
knees over ankles, backs of thighs
well supported. Adjust the back of
the seat to support your lower back
with shoulders balanced over hips,
ears aligned with the shoulders.
Position the monitor so that you face
forward. Keep elbows at right angles
to upper arms, shoulders relaxed.
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