“Oluwafeyi, for goodness sake, please would you stop slouching?” Mrs Bamidele cautioned her 16-year old daughter. “You are growing into a young woman. Would you like to be bent over? Don’t you know you are forming a bad posture that makes you look unattractive?” she continued.
“But mum, I am not slouched. This is how I normally stand,” Feyi grumbled.
“My dear girl, you are slouched and it gives off the impression that you are not only lazy but also laidback. Is that how you want to be perceived?”
A lot of people, particularly ladies are somewhat slouched and may not even know it. They assume it’s just the normal way they stand but that is incorrect. Due to the fact that they didn’t notice this on time and correct it, they have taken it up as the “normal”.
Unless one is saddled with a medical condition that prevents upright standing, you are expected to stand confidently, giving off the aura of confidence. Besides giving you a bad posture, it also isn’t good for your spine or back muscles.
As ladies, you are meant to carry yourself with an air of elegance and poise. Like most things in life, changing your posture is not something you can wish away overnight but it would require a bit of time and effort.
Here are some tips from an article I read a while ago:
1. AVOID SITTING AT YOUR DESK FOR TOO LONG
Posture experts advice you sit for about 20 minutes, then stand for 8 minutes. This is because the longer you sit at your desk, the more you slouch as the day goes on. To counteract this problem, ask your boss for a standing desk. If you can’t get a standing desk, be sure to walk around for a couple of minutes every so often.
2. AVOID LOCKING YOUR KNEES WHEN STANDING
Be very cautious of your posture when you are standing. Avoid locking your knees because this could have a really bad effect on your posture. If possible, try rocking from side to side, to help you keep proper posture while you standstill.
3. EVEN WHEN RELAX, DO IT RIGHT
Irrespective of how you choose to relax, whether it is watching TV or playing games on your phone, be mindful of your posture still. Change your positions often and not stay in the same position the whole time. Lie down, sit up, stand and walk around, sit back down again.
4. MAINTAIN SYMMETRICAL POSTURE EVEN WHEN YOU CARRY THINGS
Whenever you carry things, try to balance the weight on both sides of your body, because this helps you stand up straight. As you do this, also hold the things you carry close to your body as this also helps you to keep straight.
5. RE-ADJUST THE SEAT IN YOUR CAR
Don’t drive with your car seat too far away from the steering wheel. This makes you lean forward when you drive and this is not great for your back or posture. Angle your seat in such a way that it causes you to sit upright and tall. It takes practise though.
6. CREATE YOUR WORKOUT ROUTINE WITH YOUR POSTURE IN MIND
While running and walking are both great sources of exercise which results in awesome muscle tone and even calorie burn, be cautious enough not to have a routine that causes harm to your posture. If you run downhill always, you are prone to lean forward and this isn’t good for your back. Tweak your routines every now and then to ensure that you keep straight and your posture is still great.
7. YOUR SLEEP STYLE CAN ALSO AFFECT YOUR POSTURE.
According to the experts, sleeping on your side or back is better for your posture than is sleeping on your stomach. It is also advisable to get a pillow that aligns your spine and avoid the ones that are so soft that you just sink into it.
I hope these tips help. Which one do you think you would begin with?
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