You probably heard it all the time like I did growing up…”Stand up proud and tall.” “Pull your shoulders back.” “Sit up straight!” “Quit slumping in your chair.” It was exhausting how many times I heard that. But, it turns out that posture is one of the simplest, yet most difficult thing to maintain as we go through our days. I am mindful of my posture and still find myself with shoulders rounding forward and lower back hunching over. With good posture, and 85 pounds of weight loss, I’ve now become 6’5″. If I revert to poor posture, I’m back to 6’3 1/2″. Continued bad posture throughout a day and my nerve pain returns and my back itches and contorts like I am fresh off of a football field. I believe in gentle workouts.
Try this one and I guarantee you will get be exhausted. Stand and sit with excellent posture. Whenever you find yourself rounding forward and hunching from the low back, force some air into your lower abdomen, tighten up around that area, throw your shoulder blades back and down your back, lower your shoulders away from your ears, and imagine you have a string attached to the crown of your head that is extending your spine. After five minutes of sitting with good posture, I’ll bet you start to tremble and nearly sweat. It’s small, but effective. Those small muscles never get worked during a more traditional workout. They are the erector muscles and the intercostal muscles that create space and length in your spine and rib cage. Those will keep you feeling young and healthy. You will also be getting the right kind of strength. Get longer and stronger based on your mother’s advice…Stand up, walk proudly, and quit slouching.