Good Posture

One of the rules which we listed in the very first post was the importance of good posture. For some reason, that is not easy for me, and if you look around at John Q. Public, it is very quickly apparent that poor posture makes for a generally poor presentation. I have been doing a little research about how to develop and maintain good posture. First of all, what is it? The consensus seems to be a straight back, squared shoulders, chin up, chest out and stomach in. From the side, the ear, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle should align.  Oh my gosh!!  I just looked at my posture from the side:  my head thrusts forward like a turtle.  I even sorta have that turtle neck.  OK, what can be done?   I found several websites which had some very good excercises and suggestions for sitting or standing straight and tall.  The best one seemed to be There are also several braces which can be worn, the goal of which is to train your body to maintain correct posture. They are not meant to be worn all the time. Actually, the author of the wikihow article suggests using tape on your back for a few weeks so that you would feel yourself slumping over. Both of my sisters have good posture as did our mother. I don’t know how I slipped up. Certainly our mother often chided us to sit or stand up straight. Remember that? I shall try the excercises and suggestions first before purchasing the brace and will report back on the results. The June, 2014, issue of Oprah Winfrey’s magazine “O” featured 9 women, ages 16 to 100. They all look great and have very good posture.

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