I was walking in the mall with my mom with a tube-top shirt, revealing my slouched shoulders. She inspired me to write this post, after telling me about a thousand times to “stand up straight.” A lot of tall women slouch in a way to hide their height and I am well on my way to not being one of those women. I advise all women to just be conscious of your posture. Sometimes it’s good to remind yourself to keep your shoulders back. Here are some tips to keep you from slouching.
I found some helpful tips online at wikihow.com:
Get your mind right. One of the most difficult aspects of slouching is realizing you’re doing it! Make a conscious effort to keep your back straight by:
- looking up when you walk. It takes a little getting used to, but you must learn to trust your feet and your peripheral vision. If you find yourself looking at the sidewalk as you move along, lift your perspective to the horizon.
- keeping your back to the wall –of the chair, that is. When you sit, pull the chair in closer to the desk or table and put your whole back up to your shoulders against the chairback.
- Practice standing up straight whenever you think about it. Soon you will be in the habit of doing it all the time.
Enlist your friends. Find a trustworthy friend and tell them you want to stand up straighter. Ask them to point out when you are slouching so you can stand up straighter.
Train your muscles. Loosen up short neck and pec muscles by rolling up a towel and lying back on it along your spine. Have it stop at the bottom of your neck, and just lie back on it with your arms out to the sides like you are holding up stop signs, and your head back too. Hold for at least 6 deep breaths, working up to 5 minutes at a time.
Get straight through strength. Nothing will help your body stay erect like core strength. Even if you’re not an athlete, you can start an exercise routine for overall health and to shore up those back muscles. Exercise will lead to endurance, which will lead you to stand up straight longer, which will lead to more endurance and so on in a cycle that leads to you standing tall. Consider a personal trainer. Trainers will be able to set up an exercise routine for you which will strengthen the muscles needed for standing straighter. You can have several sessions with the trainer, and then continue the routine on your own.