Let’s have an open thread today about POSTURE — have any of you tried to improve your posture? Have you had success with small adjustments and simple exercises, or did you need a systematic overhaul? I was thinking the other day about how good posture is SO key for looking polished. I mean, we can talk about clothes and fit and style until we’re blue in the face, but if you’re slumping and slouching in your $2000 Armani blazer you’re going to look as bad as if you had a $20 blazer. Good posture is also incredibly important if you work in a desk job — if you have bad posture, sitting all day just seems to amplify the problems. This is something I personally struggle with, so let’s discuss — what are YOUR best hacks for improving your posture? Do you feel like your posture has gotten better or worse over the years?
For my $.02, it’s a big goal right now to improve my posture! My second son turned three in May, and I’m just now realizing that babies (or perhaps the lifestyle I lead after my babies!) has really left my core decimated, which really affects my posture — it’s harder to keep my back and shoulders zipped up because my abs get tired. (Tiny violin, I know.) I don’t have the common postpartum issue of diastasis recti but my abs in general are very weak, and I’m finally in physical therapy right now because of that. I went down this huge Internet rabbithole before PT, though, reading about all of these things that really come back to posture issues — “lower crossed syndrome,” “anterior pelvic tilt,” “smartphone neck,” and more. I’ve bookmarked a million stretches to “counteract” the effects of sitting (e.g., this one from Lifehacker), but in general I think I just need to focus on my posture more, all the time. I have a Lumo Lift* (read my review here) but have fallen out of using it, and I’ve tried to correct my office ergonomics by getting one of those kneeling chairs* for my office (mini review: meh), and even bought the little $25 standing desk we mentioned a few weeks ago (quick review: it is ugly and huge but definitely does elevate your desk!). I also went through the comment Corporette threads (as I often do to see what the collective wisdom of the group is!) and found a super old thread where someone recommended the blog Katy Says, where the blogger talked so much about alignment issues that she’s now got a book out called Alignment Matters* — I just got that out of the library this week.
I’ve also adjusted my thinking re: exercise and core work — in my head over the years I’ve mistakenly conflated “washboard abs = core work = something you work on after you’ve lost those last 10 pounds.” Instead, for me I’m realizing that if I really want to improve my posture, core and trunk work is the true starting point, whether through Pilates or other efforts.
So let’s hear it, ladies — have you ever tried to improve your posture, either for health, comfort, or image reasons? Do you feel like poor posture keeps you from looking polished? What have you attempted to do to “fix” your posture — and what have you actually seen results with? (Did anyone get into Pilates or barre or PiYo or other specific exercise classes out there just in the interest of strengthening your core in order to improve your posture?)
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